Homelessness message spread via pillows
- 14 Aug
One housing association has distributed over 200 pillows containing eye-catching messages across park benches and doorways.
Knightstone Housing's staff has worked together with its young tenants from it supported housing in Yeovil to deliver a campaign aimed at raising awareness of youth homelessness in the area, reports 24dash.
Messages on the pillows include ‘Can you offer a rea bed tonight?' and ‘Your spare room is a lifeline'.
Knightstone belongs to a Somerset-wide partnership called ‘Pathways to Independence' which works to prevent homelessness amongst young people. One of the main services offered by P2i is emergency accommodation for young people via the homes of approved host families.
A young person is given safe accommodation for a few nights, a meal and access to wash facilities, while Knightstone arranges mediation with family members, or a more permanent place for them to stay.
Knightstone's assistant director for supported housing, Sonia Furzland, said: "We launched this #sleepsafe campaign in Yeovil to make people aware of the part they can play to help us help vulnerable young people who find themselves facing homelessness. By working with hosts who provide crucial, emergency accommodation, we can prevent a young person from finding themselves in the vulnerable situation of sleeping rough. If you have a spare room that you can offer to a young person for just a night or two, and think you might be interested in becoming an Emergency Accommodation Host, get in touch with us to find out more."
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