Leicester set to launch No Second Night Out initiative for rough sleepers

Rough sleepers in Leicester are set to benefit from the No Second Night Out initiative which will be rolled out across the city from the beginning of December.

Action Homeless are leading the Homeless Leicester Partnership (HeLP) in a new response to rough sleeping which seeks to ensure that no one will have to spend a second night sleeping on the streets of Leicester. No Second Night Out Leicester, funded by The Homelessness Transition Fund, will provide a more efficient service for rough sleepers ensuring that they are linked with accommodation and support services as quickly as possible.

No Second Night Out Leicester will be launched on Wednesday 4th December 2013 at Inclusion Healthcare. The project is a partnership, led by Action Homeless, which comprises of voluntary and statutory sector organisations including Leicester City Council, Inclusion Healthcare, Leicestershire Cares, The Y, Shelter Housing Aid and Research Project and Leicestershire Community Projects Trust. The project will be coordinated by the Ark Homeless Trust.

No Second Night Out Leicester will see an intensive floating support service which will be piloted specifically to enable the most entrenched rough sleepers to find and maintain tenancies. A new and more effective response to EU rough sleeping will also be introduced through the employment of specialist EU Support Workers. A targeted training programme will be delivered to local staff working with rough sleepers to strengthen their knowledge of substance misuse, mental health issues as well as other specialist barriers. Rough sleepers will benefit from the development of a new well-being programme with links into volunteering, training and employment. The project will also work with the county boroughs to build a co-ordinated approach to rough sleeping across the city and county.

No Second Night Out will build on the work already carried out locally by the Rough Sleepers Task Force which was founded 18 months ago at a time when Leicester had the highest number of rough sleepers of any city outside of London. With an estimated 50 people sleeping on the streets every night, the Rough Sleepers Task Force was set up in an attempt to reduce these numbers and tackle rough sleeping in the city. Subsequently these numbers have been reduced but rough sleeping remains a major issue in Leicester.

Mark Grant, Action Homeless CEO, said ‘No Second Night Out Leicester will allow us to build on the success of recent partnership work to ensure that we are providing an effective service to the people sleeping on Leicester’s streets. As we move into the winter months, this work becomes even more vital and we are confident that through this initiative, we can make a real difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.’

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