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    A study shows that almost seven in ten rough sleepers in England were helped off the streets on the day they were found due to the expansion of the No Second Night Out scheme.

    A report looking into the progress of the initiative following its roll-out across England reveals that almost 78% of people did not return to the streets after being helped by homelessness services. Home For The Homeless

    The study, titled ‘No Second Night Out across England’, looked at 20 areas, excluding London, and examined information on who was sleeping rough. 67% of rough sleepers across England are now helped off the streets the day they are found, the report by Homeless Link said, however there is no comparable data for previous years.

    91% of the services covered in the reports are paid for by the homelessness transition fund which is due to end in March 2015, reports Inside Housing.

    Rick Henderson, chief executive of Homeless Link, said: “The NSNO standard allows councils to adapt services to suit the needs of their area, so it’s fantastic to see such positive results throughout England, with more individuals being supported towards long-term stability and independence. It is important, however, that we recognise the challenges that lie ahead in making sure this level of support for rough sleepers can continue. Government must continue funding services in order for the voluntary sector to meet demand for help.”

    Housing minister Kris Hopkins, said: “The No Second Night Out standard has been a real success and has helped many vulnerable people facing the prospect of rough sleeping to get their lives back on track. It has given thousands of people the advice and support they need to ensure they do not have to spend a second night on the streets and I am pleased to see that this good work will continue.”

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    February 14, 2014 by Laura Matthews Categories: Homelessness

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