North Staffordshire-based charity Arch, which provides support and accommodation for homeless people, has received a £100,000 unsecured loan from Venturesome, the social investment arm of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
The current credit crunch has made it difficult for Arch to get the funding necessary to meet the rise in the number of people needing their services.
Linda Thomas, Chief Executive of Arch, said: "Today, more and more people need our help and the money required to meet that demand is becoming increasingly scarce, so it is a massive help to receive this investment from Venturesome."
John Kingston, Director of Venturesome, said: "Communities all over the UK need charities like Arch. We are really pleased to be able to offer them this investment at a time when more people need them. Arch isn’t alone: recent research by the Charities Aid Foundation shows that 72% of charities have seen an increase in demand for their services because of the economic slowdown."