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Support for city’s rough sleepers continues

Published Thursday, 14 January 2021

Staff from the council and partners, including the Salvation Army, continue to work diligently to make sure nobody has to sleep rough in York.

Anyone at risk of sleeping rough continues to be offered accommodation during lockdown with covid safe measures in place. Tailored support is provided to help residents to stay safe as well as supporting their mental and physical health.

Besides emergency beds in council and partner accommodation, people are also being supported into stable more secure accommodation. As with all residents, we are sharing the important Government advice to stay home and protect lives to help reduce the infection rate in our city.

Anyone worried about losing their home should contact the council as soon as they’re starting to struggle with rent or as soon as homelessness is a possibility. Please call 01904 554500 or visit our website

Rough Sleeper services are operating in the usual way: for a bed, please go to 63, Lawrence Street or call 01904 416562.

Cllr Denise Craghill, Executive Member for Housing and Safer Communities, said:

We’ve been working hard to ensure everyone is in. Our official rough sleeper count is three. No one needs to sleep out we have the beds and tailored support to help people into safer, more secure lives.

“If you see someone sleeping outside, the chances are we already know about them and are working with them. So please encourage them to go to the Lawrence St early help team. Or, call Streetlink on 0300 5000 914 who will alert our local teams to go to them to offer a bed and support.”

More information on the support available from the council and partners across the city for people sleeping rough..