Prince and Princess of Wales hiring £85,000 Head of Homelessness Programme

It's part of a 'major new flagship initiative on homelessness'

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The Prince and Princess of Wales are expected to launch a "major new flagship initiative on homelessness" next spring, an issue Prince William has been committed to tackling for years.

Prince William and Kate's Royal Foundation is hiring a Head of Homelessness Programme to lead a project aiming to prove it is possible to deliver "lasting change" to help those without a home.

A small team is already working on the project, but the successful candidate is expected to grow the team and have "excellent political judgement".

The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive for a visit to the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in east London
The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive for a visit to the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in east London

More than 270,000 people in England were homeless at the last count in December 2021, including 126,000 children, according to street newspaper The Big Issue.

Prince William was 11 years old when he first visited a homeless shelter with his mother, Princess Diana.

His first Patronage was the UK's leading homelessness charity, Centrepoint, where he continues to play an active role supporting young people.

He helped local vendor, Dave Martin, sell The Big Issue in London earlier this year and said "more support" was needed to help people out of homelessness.

Writing in the newspaper, His Royal Highness said: "I refuse to believe that homelessness is an irrevocable fact of life. It is an issue that can be solved, but that requires a continued focus and comprehensive support network".

The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, east London
The Prince and Princess of Wales arrive at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, east London

"Thankfully, there are brilliant, compassionate people working tirelessly to support those that find themselves in that vulnerable position and to provide opportunity when it is most needed."

It is understood homelessness has always been a focus of the Royal Foundation, the Prince and Princess of Wales' charitable organisation, and the new Homelessness Programme has been planned for some time.

Details of the new initiative appears to be shrouded in secrecy, with applicants invited to the first interview being asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement before further information is shared with them.

The Head of Homelessness Programme could receive a salary of up to £85,000 a year, and applicants have until 9th November to apply.

The Royal Foundation's Homelessness Programme is expected to launch in Spring 2023.