Homelessness strategy

Our homelessness strategy and action plan 'A City Partnership to Prevent Homelessness' sets out what needs to be done to prevent and address homelessness in York over the five year period from 2013 to 2018.

The strategy:

  • has been developed with the help of the York Homelessness Forum, a body made up of many statutory and voluntary agencies working to prevent and tackle homelessness in York
  • builds upon the achievements of the 2008 to 2013 strategy
  • focuses on prevention, early intervention and locally designed integrated services that step in when things go wrong.

The strategy action plan was reviewed in October 2015 and future commitments agreed; see our Homelessness strategy review report and action plan.

Homelessness statistics

Our 'housing options' team and partner agencies provide a whole range of services from advice to households who find themselves in a housing crisis, intervening to prevent homelessness, to managing homeless applications.

We collect statistics on these services to monitor our performance.

Download our annual Homeless Review reports, which provide a complete breakdown of homelessness statistics and reports on the work that has been completed in the year to tackle homelessness in the city.

Our Homelessness Performance reports summarise significant achievements delivered by homelessness services each year.

You can also view the Homelessness Statistical Quarterly Bulletin.

Prevention figures

These figures represent the number of households that we or other advice/support agencies prevented from becoming homeless, by helping them stay in their current home or help them find alternative accommodation.

Homelessness figures

These figures are official government statistics, which we collect every three months. They show the number of households who have formally presented to us as homeless and who have been assessed under the legal criteria (Part 7 Housing Act 1996).

The 'accepted homeless' figure shows the number of households we had a duty to house. That is, those who were eligible, homeless, in priority need, were unintentionally homeless and who had a local connection.

Temporary accommodation

This is the number of households on a particular date (usually at the end of March, June, September and December) in temporary accommodation. Temporary accommodation is generally a hostel, a non-secure tenancy and sometimes a bed and breakfast. Households are placed in temporary accommodation if they meet the criteria (eligible, homeless, believed to be in priority need) while their case is investigated and a formal decision made. If 'accepted homeless' they will remain in temporary accommodation until they can move into permanent accommodation.

Rough sleepers

Rough sleepers are people who do not have any accommodation and sleep out 'under the stars' or in temporary shelter (e.g. bus stops, sheds).

The Salvation Army carries out regular early morning street walks to find and talk to rough sleepers and help them find accommodation.

If you see any rough sleepers contact the Salvation Army on tel: 01904 545096.

We now submit an annual figure to central government giving the number of rough sleepers on a certain night.

Waiting list

North Yorkshire Home Choice is a waiting list across York and North Yorkshire (excluding Harrogate Borough Council).

Additional homelessness information

You can access up-to-date homelessness statistics from the Department for Communities and Local Government website, which publishes nationwide homelessness data on a quarterly basis. This is information is provided by local authorities who have to complete a 'P1E' return on a quarterly basis.

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