Homelessness rough sleepers

If you are concerned about someone you’ve seen sleeping rough in the District, you can raise awareness of them by going to www.streetlink.org.uk. Please include a description of the person, the time and the location they have been seen.

What is being done to help rough sleepers in the Borough?

Scarborough Borough Council works closely with local support providers and voluntary organisations in order to share information, and provide a joined up response in order to provide rough sleepers with the assistance that they need. Local organisations such as the Rainbow Centre and the Salvation Army provide practical assistance and support for individuals in need. Regular checks are undertaken to locate any rough sleepers in order to then offer them help in order to get off the streets.

What is being doing to help people during the winter months?

During the winter months, Winterwatch operates in the Borough. Out of office hours, if an individual were to find that they were facing a night on the streets, they should approach Scarborough Police Station on Northway. An assessment would be undertaken and a night’s bed and breakfast provided.

The individual should then engage with services the next working day in order to receive assistance in coming up with a longer term housing solution. The provision of bed and breakfast is on a one off basis only, unless the weather forecast indicates that the temperature will drop to zero or below overnight, then additional nights bed and breakfast would be provided.

Why, if help is being provided, do I see people sleeping rough?

Why people don’t take the help on offer can be complex. Some people prefer to do their own thing. Others will not take the help available because of alcohol and drug use or mental health issues. There are also social reasons why some people may choose to hang around in the Town Centres, appearing to be rough sleeping, even though they have a home to go to.

Contact the Housing Options Team

Email; housingoptions@scarborough.gov.uk

Tel; 01723 232323