A bed or a fridge are essential items for a decent quality of life.
But for people on low incomes – including those in London’s east end, where 4 in 10 families in Tower Hamlets are living below the poverty line – it can often be a case of having to do without.
When the majority of your income barely stretches to the necessities of food, fuel and rent, buying even essential furniture can seem an impossible task. For individuals and families moving on from homelessness or a refuge, starting from scratch in an empty flat is, in the words of Homestore customer, ‘a huge weight of worry.’
"I had nothing to sleep on. Last six months – my son and I were sleeping on the floor."
Manzamanara, Homestore customer
High street prices and even charity shops are too expensive for low income households. Without affordable options the temptation of ‘rent-to-own’ firms runs high. These companies sell household goods on lease with interest rates as high as 94%. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Debt and Personal Finance.
Homestore - a dignified home
Homestore has been working for over 30 years with the help of east London families who donate their good quality unwanted furniture so that other families struggling to make ends meet can furnish their homes. We sell furniture significantly cheaper than high street charity shop prices, and deliver for free.
In 2018-19, we helped 1,837 people access low-cost furniture.