StopGap (registered Charity number 1146601), started in 2010 in response to the need for emergency accommodation for homeless people in Sheffield during the coldest months of the year.
We pay for the bed and breakfast accommodation for rough sleepers and those at risk of rough sleeping. This keeps costs to a minimum. In the last year, we provided 599 bed nights of accommodation to 318 homeless and vulnerable people, which is an average of just under 2 nights per individual.
Local agencies working with homeless and vulnerable people contact us to arrange accommodation. In general, we give people 2-3 nights, so that referral agencies have time to work with them to address longer term housing needs.
Of the 240 who were referred to StopGap by the Rough Sleeper Service from 1st January 2015 to 10th November 2015, 107 signed up to the service. Of the 57 people who have since left the service, 48 had secured longer term accommodation. We ask the agencies to continue to work with people to resolve deeper issues like substance misuse and poor mental health.
Our work helps; it provides a moment of security which helps people to get back on their feet. And it gives our referral agencies a chance to work further with them to find longer term solutions to their accommodation and other problems.
Whilst our priority is to provide shelter for those sleeping rough during the winter, it is proved that there is a year-round need for our service and year round benefits.
Your help and support is greatly appreciated!