Our History

They say life begins at 40 and in 2014 as we reach our 40th birthday we are more committed than ever to eliminating homelessness and inequality – under our new name of Amicus Trust, we will continue to support the single homeless of Bedfordshire, widen our support to vulnerable adults in other regions and expand our successful dedicated project for homeless veterans. BHL was born out of heart felt concern for homeless people, and started as a soup kitchen in the early 1970’s - there have been many changes in the past 40 years but our commitment to our cause, staff and clients remains as strong as ever,.

  • 1970 Soup kitchen is established
  • 1974 Bedford Cyrenians is established as a company to help homeless people find a place to live and achieve their potential
  • 1974 Alexandra House is set up to provide accommodation and support for single homeless people in Bedford (read more about Alexandra House >>)
  • 1980 Our 2 bedroom low level support unit is added for those ready for more independence
  • 1987 The Bridge supported accommodation, housing 9 homeless young men is opened (read more about the Bridge >>)
  • 1988 Re-named Bedford Housing Link
  • 2008 The Stepping Stones Project providing education and employment support to vulnerable and homeless adults is established (read more about the Stepping Stone Project >>)
  • 1994 Perkins House is established to support single homeless women between 16 – 25 (read more about Perkins House >> )
  • 2003 BHL move into central Bedfordshire with the opening of a 17 bed project in Biggleswad (read more about Project 17 >>)
  • 2003 Project 14 is established in Bedford to meet the demand of increased levels of homelessness (Read more about Project 14 >>)
  • 2008 17 bed project is moved from Biggleswade to Sandy.
  • 2010 Re-named Bedfordshire Housing Link (BHL)
  • 2013 Trusteeship of Charlotte Beaty Almshouses Newport Pagnell (for residents 50+) is handed over to BHL.
  • 2014 Mental Health services added to client support.
  • 2014 Pilot project of supported accommodation for homeless veterans is set up in Bedford. (read more about Veteran Supported Accommodation >>)
  • 2014 Re-named Amicus Trust (read more about our recent re-brand >>)
  • 2014 Celebrates 40 years of support for single homeless people and vulnerable adults