We are proud to be part of the Homes for Cathy steering group; a group of housing associations who have come together to mark the 50th anniversary of Cathy Come Home and to highlight the continuing needs of homeless people.
Cathy Come Home is a film written by Jeremy Sandford and directed by Ken Loach. First broadcast in 1966, the drama features the story of a young mother who is left homeless as a result of the impossible, inhumane system which she is caught up in. The film captured the public's attention, and raised awareness of homelessness and the need for affordable housing.
A number of housing associations were set up around the time that Cathy Come Home was created, and the history of Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association is rooted in a response to the growing problem of homelessness which Cathy Come Home depicts. You can read more about our history here.
The Homes for Cathy group will be organising a range of local and national eventsand initiatives to mark the anniversary. They will be working in collaboration with the National Housing Federation, Shelter, Crisis and other groups campaigning to solve the housing crisis.
We are pleased to be supporting this important cause. Keep checking our website and social media pages for updates.