Bradford – Homeless rough sleepers will be helped by a new service run by Bradford Council in partnership with a housing charity.
From October 12 the No Second Night Out service will help single people who have recently become homeless to stop them becoming entrenched rough sleepers.
Similar services have been successful in London and other major cities to reduce the number of rough sleepers on the streets.
Bradford Council has learnt from the experiences of other schemes to develop a service to meet the district’s needs.
The contract to run the service has been awarded to an organisation which already has several years experience of working with homeless people in the district.
The charity, Developing Initiatives Supporting Communities (DISC), will run the service from an existing hostel in Barkerend Road.
Bradford’s No Second Night Out service aims to identify new rough sleepers with a dedicated outreach team and help them off the streets immediately, offering them short term emergency accommodation whilst a solution is found to address their needs.
Members of the public and other agencies will be able to refer people into the service using a dedicated telephone number 01274 309165.
Bradford Council Deputy Leader Councillor Val Slater said: “We need to intervene as soon as possible when a person becomes homeless to stop them from becoming hardened to living on the streets.
“The No Second Night Out service will offer people somewhere to sleep when they first become homeless, with an emphasis on addressing their problems and helping them into settled accommodation.
“The new service will also deliver emergency accommodation to meet the Council’s commitment to provide shelter to rough sleepers during the winter months when the temperature drops below zero.”
Dave Targett, DISC’s senior manager for the service, said ‘We are very pleased to contribute to addressing the housing needs of those in the greatest need, reducing the demands made on other local services by helping people move towards independent living.”