Rough sleepers are receiving support from Cheshire East Council and YMCA Crewe to help get them off the streets.
The ‘No Second Night Out’ service which the council launched in 2012 has been funded in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council. So far 140 residents have been saved from having to spend more than one night out sleeping rough, reports the Crewe Guardian.
The services has now been commissioned and passed on to YMCA Crewe.
Through No Second Night Out accommodation is provided for between three and seven night for people who have slept rough for the first time or are about to. During their stay staff from the YMCA will work with each individual to try and secure long term accommodation for them.
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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