Project snapshot

Property purchase
To provide safe accommodation and support for homeless, vulnerable and isolated people

The cause

Porchlight is a leading health and housing charity, based in Kent. It works with people who are sleeping rough or at risk of losing their home. As well as helping vulnerable people to find safe and suitable accommodation, Porchlight provides support with mental health, education and employment, so people can get to where they want to be in life.


Our support

Porchlight's relationship with CAF Bank started in 2018, and discussions began the following year about the help needed to expand its property portfolio.

The charity’s goal was to acquire 6-7 properties, enabling it to provide more support for homeless, vulnerable, and isolated people in Kent. Its directors anticipated this would require funding of approximately £2 million, to which the charity would contribute £500,000 from reserves. To assist with the purchases, Porchlight successfully applied to CAF Bank for a loan of £1.5 million to be secured against the properties.

It completed on the first of these property purchases in December 2020 and went on to buy additional homes in Folkestone and Margate.


It has been a pleasure working with CAF Bank. They have been very supportive throughout the whole process of our mortgage from application stage to maintaining the loan and the purchasing of the properties.

Catherine Keen
Finance Director, Porchlight



The impact

Porchlight and its partners worked with more than 8,300 people in 2021. This included preventing 1,093 people from losing their homes and supporting 560 people who were sleeping rough. Its free helpline answered more than 27,000 calls.


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