London Homelessness Awards 2018

In memory of Andy Ludlow

We are pleased to announce that the London Homelessness Awards 2018 – in memory of Andy Ludlow – will take place on Thursday 18 October.

The awards are a unique event, recognising the creativity and imagination that agencies can bring to services for homeless people.

The awards are looking for innovative and sustainable approaches to helping people who are homeless; or to preventing more people becoming homeless.

The winning project will receive a prize of £30,000, while two runner-up schemes will receive a prize of £20,000 and £10,000.  As well as the money, the winners will receive publicity and support for on-going promotion. Previous winners say that winning an award has made a significant and real difference to their organisation, their work and their clients.

The awards are open to all projects in London working in the field of homelessness. This includes registered social landlords, local councils, London NHS and health related organisations, voluntary organisations, or a partnership of any of these.  The only stipulation is that your project must have been operating and delivering services for a minimum of six months.

Key dates

  • Submissions can be made from 9 April 2018, with a closing date of 15 May 2018. To submit an entry for your project and for more information on past winners, please visit
  • The six panellists will shortlist six finalists on 20 June.
  • Panellists will meet with shortlisted finalists on 17 July and agree on the top three projects.

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 18 of October, 12pm to 2pm, at London’s Living Room, City Hall, Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA.

We are pleased that the awards will again be sponsored by the London Housing Foundation and London borough housing directors, and supported by Crisis, Shelter and the Greater London Authority.

The London Homelessness Awards: in memory of Andy Ludlow, recognise innovative work and projects that tackle homelessness in London and beyond. But who was Andy Ludlow, the man in whose honour the awards were named? Andy Ludlow was a director of housing and social services at Haringey Council.  Andy was a pioneer in developing a ‘holistic’ approach to housing and social services in his borough. He also believed in bringing services to the people, rather than making them travel to get them. Just before he was to move from Haringey to be director of housing at Enfield Council, he died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage at only 51. Andy was much loved and renowned for his commitment to local residents and for treating people with dignity. His funeral was attended by 1,000 people.


The Andy Ludlow legacy

After he died, London's housing directors set up the Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards as a lasting legacy and testament to his tireless work in the homeless sector. Since 1999 the Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards have gone from strength to strength. From 2015, the awards have been known as 'The London Homelessness Awards: in memory of Andy Ludlow'.

Projects must be London-based and either improve services to homeless people, prevent homelessness or tackle disadvantage caused by homelessness.

The awards are open to council departments, registered social landlords, London NHS and health related organisations, voluntary organisations or a partnership of these agencies. Projects must have been running for a minimum of six months.

The judges look for evidence of work that:

  • takes an innovative or unique approach
  • can be replicated across London
  • improves services to homeless people or people at risk of becoming homeless
  • prevents homelessness
  • tackles disadvantage caused by homelessness