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Leeds launches ‘no second night out’ initiative


A new campaign aimed at keeping rough sleepers off the streets in Leeds is launching next week(Tuesday 12 November).



The national ‘No Second Night Out’ campaign, will see Leeds City Council working with St Georges Crypt and the Crime Reduction Initiative(CRI) based in Leeds, and will focus on assisting anyone sleeping rough in Leeds to make sure they don’t spend a second night out on the streets.



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All media are invited to the launch event for ‘No second night out’ at St Georges Crypt on Tuesday 12 November at 12pm. Cllr John Hardy, Leeds City Council lead member for homelessness, Charlotte Woollard from CRI, Chris Wilson from St Georges Crypt and a former rough sleeper will all be available for interview. Please call the press office on 0113 2474450 to arrange attendance.



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In Leeds, the council’s housing options service, CRI’s street outreach service and St George’s Crypt all work in partnership to identify rough sleepers and provide respite accommodation at the ‘Leeds Hub’ whilst their accommodation, health and wellbeing needs are identified. The aim is to ensure all rough sleepers are offered a suitable housing option within 72 hours of arriving at the hub.



As part of the national campaign, members of the public are being encouraged to play an active role in helping end rough sleeping through reporting sightings of rough sleepers to a newly launched telephone line. Once a rough sleeper referral has been made, local services will rapidly assist the rough sleeper with access to the hub and appropriate support.



Councillor John Hardy, Leeds City Council lead member for homelessness said:



“We are working hard in Leeds to prevent rough sleepers having to stay out for more than one night.



“As we move into the winter months it is important that we try and do all we can to work with any rough sleepers in the city to see how we and our partners can help and assist them.



“Rough sleepers may not be known to local services because they remain out of sight, bedding down at different times of day or night, and moving from place to place, and not all rough sleepers are aware that advice and support is available to them.”



Charlotte Woollard at the CRI said:



“The CRI Street Outreach Service aims to locate new rough sleepers and assist them to leave the streets by visiting sites in response to information from the public and partner agencies as well as rough sleepers themselves.

“With support from the Homeless Transition Fund (HTF), a dedicated No Second Night Out Coordinator works closely with Leeds City Council to offer all new entrants to the Leeds Hub a viable route out of rough sleeping as well as practical support to get the services they need.”



Chris Wilson, care centre manager at St George’s Crypt said:



“We’ve been caring for the homeless and vulnerable for the past 83 years and working in tandem with the council and CRI for almost two years on ‘the Hub’.



“This scheme has been very successful and we’re looking forward to taking it to the next level by trying to put an end to people being left without accommodation and support for more than one night.”



‘No Second Night Out’ is an opportunity for all who are concerned about rough sleeping to help prevent individuals in a crisis situation becoming entrenched in a dangerous lifestyle.’

To report sightings of rough sleepers members of the public can call 0300 500 0914. If the rough sleeper requires urgent medical assistance, 999 should be called.



Notes to editors:



No Second Night Out (NSNO) is a government campaign that aims to end rough sleeping through partnership working, ensuring that no new rough sleeper needs to sleep out for more than 1 night.





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For media enquiries, please contact;

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk