Crisis merges with fellow homelessness charity Off the Streets and into Work

Chief executives of the two charities back merger to build on their previous work

Homelessness charities Crisis and Off the Streets and into Work have merged.

Talks on the merger, under which the OSW brand will disappear as it becomes part of Crisis, began in December after OSW became concerned that it would not be able to attract sufficient funding to support itself.

All of OSW's assets and work will move to Crisis, along with its 16 staff.  OSW had an income of £1.2m in 2008-9, while Crisis had an income of £12.4m.

Frances Mapstone, chief executive of OSW, said: "In the current economic climate and commissioning environment, it is going to be increasingly difficult for small organisations to survive on their own.

"We believe that Crisis is the right partner to nurture, continue and disseminate the work that we have been doing over the past 15 years."

Leslie Morphy, chief executive of Crisis, said: "We look forward to building on the work of OSW over the past 10 years and, through adding its services to Crisis's own, to now help more homeless people progress through education and move into sustained employment and good quality accommodation."

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