If you are rough sleeping in York, contact the Early Intervention and Prevention Team at the Salvation Army. They provide advice for single homeless people and couples aged 18 and over. For further information, please see the Salvation Army emergency accommodation leaflet.
They also run a weekday 'drop-in' between 10:00am and midday at the Peasholme Centre, 4 Fishergate, York, YO10 4FH. In general, you will be given advice and be referred to a hostel or supported accommodation via the Single Access Point (SAP), or get help to access private rented housing.
Carecent runs a breakfast club for rough sleepers from Monday to Saturday, 8:30am to 10:45am. They provide food, clothing and friendship in a warm and friendly environment.
No Second Night Out (NSNO)
York operates an emergency bed system for rough sleepers to help prevent new rough sleepers spending a second night on the streets. Rough sleepers are then given one offer of accommodation to resolve their homelessness based on their situation.
For more information contact:
- The Salvation Army on tel: 01904 405330
- The Streetlink national rough sleeper reporting line on tel: 0300 5000914
City of York Council, Salvation Army, Arc Light, Changing Lives and Safe and Sound Homes (SASH) have all signed up to the NSNO principal - download the NSNO Protocol for more information.
Concern about rough sleepers
If you're concerned about the welfare of a rough sleeper, contact the Salvation Army on tel: 01904 405330, or tell us about a rough sleeper via the Streetlink website.
Helping rough sleepers
If you're interested in helping rough sleepers, there are several established charities and voluntary groups in the city who you could consider volunteering with.
Homeless charities which offer volunteering opportunities include:
- Arclight Project
- Foundation York
- Safe and Sound Homes (SASH)
- York Furniture Store
- York Foodbank
Private landlords who wish to help rough sleepers access accommodation can contact our letting agency, YorHome, or phone the Salvation Army private lettings office on 01904 405330.
We encourage the public to donate money to charities working with people that are homeless, instead of giving to individual beggars. We are doing so in partnership with the North Yorkshire Police, who are conducting ‘Operation Warmth’. They aim to raise awareness with the message #NoNeedtoBegYork.
To participate in Operation Warmth, text ‘YORK33£3’ to 70070. Your text will give £3 to charities which help the homeless in York.