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Thursday 9 April 2015

Cheshire East funds service to help rough sleepers


Cheshire East Council is working with YMCA Crewe to help get rough sleepers off the streets.

In 2012, the council launched the No Second Night Out service, which has been funded in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The service supported 140 Cheshire East residents and saved them from having to spend more than one night sleeping rough. 

Now the council has recommissioned the service and following a procurement process, YMCA Crewe has been awarded the contract.

No Second Night Out (NSNO) aims to provide between three and seven nights’ accommodation for people who have slept rough for the first time or are about to do so.

In that time, staff from the YMCA will work intensively with the individual and try to find longer-term accommodation for them. 

This can be achieved with the help of private landlords, registered housing providers and supported housing providers.

Initially, four beds will be available throughout Cheshire East, which will hopefully be increased to five over the next 12 months.

Karen Carsberg, strategic housing manager at Cheshire East Council said: “This service has proved its worth as a way of intervening at an early stage to prevent people from becoming rough sleepers. This means that people who are going through difficult times are given a chance to get their lives back on track.”

Richard Holmes, Development and Quality Manager of YMCA Crewe, said: “We have supported the NSNO scheme since its inception three years ago  by providing  temporary accommodation for over 200 people.  

“This contract helps us not only to continue that but to support people to find permanent housing so that their homelessness is a thing of the past.”

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