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Homeless in Lincolnshire benefitting from new housing centre

In North Lincolnshire, over the past year, thousands of people got in touch with the council to tell them they could soon be homeless.

A new centre has been set up in Scunthorpe, which provides support to start living independently again.

One man who was so desperate to find refuge when he lost his home that he's spent two years living in a forest.

Helen Steel has been to meet him:

Extra winter beds available for homeless in Doncaster

Doncaster Council wants to ensure there is help available for homeless people during the winter months Credit: PA file photo

Extra beds for homeless people in Doncaster are being provided over the winter. The council has increased the amount of overnight accommodation for the homeless between December and March.

Ten beds have been set aside at Wharf House in Doncaster town centre. Anyone who is homeless can call in to find support.

The Deputy Mayor Glyn Jones, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Although our rough sleeper count is low in Doncaster, our aim is that no Doncaster resident will be without a bed during the cold winter months.”

The M25 Housing and Support Group will also be running a Boxing Day Café at the United Reformed Church, Hallgate, Doncaster, on 26.12.13- all welcome to attend, with festive hot food being served between 12 noon and 1.30 pm.

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Hundreds of homeless children in region

727 children in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire were found to be homeless

Charity Shelter is launching an emergency appeal after official figures revealed that 727 children in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire are homeless and in temporary accommodation.

Many live in cramped and difficult conditions in emergency hostels or B&Bs.

A report by the charity found many families living together in a single room, many sharing beds and eating on the floor. There were also incidences of very disturbing incidents witnessed by children, including open drug use and threats of violence.

The charity conducted an investigation with 25 families in England currently or recently living in B&Bs. One family reported sharing a cooker and a fridge with 22 other people.

With homelessness rising, the charity is asking for donations to fund its work helping homeless children.

Campbell Robb, from Shelter, said: "Our shocking findings have uncovered the shameful conditions homeless children will be living in this Christmas.

"Parents and children sharing beds, children forced to eat on the floor and being threatened with violence in the place they live: this shouldn't be happening in twenty-first century Britain."

Homeless support services get grant

Services supporting former homeless people may be extended after a charity which provides a home and meaningful work to those who have previously experienced problems was handed a £25,000 grant.

Emmaus Leeds was given the funding by the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, and the charity will use the money to fund the salary of an administrator.

The charity is also hoping to increase its case load, supporting 28 people per year instead of 26.

Emmaus currently provides 26 rooms, giving a home to people who have struggled with drugs or alcohol, or mental health issues.

Residents are involved in the running of a charity shop, coffee shop and furniture recycling operation.

This grant will help us to fund an essential role at the charity.

"Emmaus provides beneficiaries with safe accommodation and the work skills they need to regain their self-confidence and self-esteem and move into a more independent way of living."

– Ali Ward, Emmaus Leeds general manager

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Restauraunt to provide free food for homeless

St. George's Crypt, Leeds Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Casa Mia Millennium restaurant in central Leeds has teamed up with nearby St George’s Crypt to launch a pioneering scheme to provide free food and drink for the city’s poor and homeless.

The scheme, based on the Italian goodwill tradition caffe sospeso, is called Suspended and Delivered.

“Like most good ideas, it is very simple. Suspended and Delivered enables our customers to buy an extra coffee, tea, soft drink or a pizza or lasagne, which is then available for anyone with a St George’s Crypt voucher to claim," said restaurant boss Francesco Mazzella.

“We will deliver our food and drink to the Crypt to make the whole process easier. Our customers can also buy suspended items on line when they order a takeaway at www.casamiapronto.co.uk.

Martin Patterson,of St George’s Crypt, said : “We are tremendously grateful to Casa Mia for being our partners in this wonderful initiative. We never cease to be amazed by how generous people are."

£125,000 boost for homeless shelter in Lincoln

A new building to provide temporary accommodation for rough sleepers in Lincolnshire has been given a £125,000 boost.

The City of Lincoln Council has approved the contribution for the development on the corner of Friars Lane and St Rumbold’s Street.

The money comes from payments towards affordable housing from other residential developments around the city.

Framework Housing Association will lead the project and had identified a site at South Park, which was deemed too far away from amenities.

“This is a facility that is definitely needed in the city and we are delighted to be able to support this vital project.

“The facility’s prime role is as a treatment centre where people can be put on programmes and while they are there they will be regularly tested for alcohol or drugs abuse.”

– Cllr Peter West, City Council Housing Portfolio Holder

Special measures for homeless during severe weather

Leeds Council want to ensure no-one is on the streets in this weather

Leeds Council is urging all residents to report anyone seen sleeping on the streets. It's part of a special programme to provide accommodation for everyone when the temperature drops below zero.

The "Leeds Severe Weather Protocol" (SWP) is activated when the night temperature drops below zero. This means that during the period that SWP, arrangements are in place so that no one needs to sleep on the streets.

he arrangements are co-ordinated by LCC Leeds Housing Options service with partner agencies including the Police, Commissioned Supporting People services, homeless charities and the voluntary sector.

The main point of contact for people needing accommodation during SWP is St George’s Crypt. People will receive hospitality, a hot drink, a meal and somewhere to sleep. A number of homeless hostel services make temporary beds available for people who otherwise would not be eligible.

During this time, council officers also attend the Hub and other commissioned services to office advice and assistance to customers on the housing options available to them.

If you are aware of someone who may be sleeping rough, contact Leeds Housing Options Team on 0113 222 4412 for further information.

Mobile soup kitchen in Bradford

A mobile soup kitchen has been set up in Bradford to meet the needs of homeless people in the city.

A trailer is parked in Bradford City Centre, behind City Hall, every Monday from 7pm to 10pm to distribute hot food and drinks. Local restaurants and take-aways have been involved in donating food.

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