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. From 29th June 2017 to 16th May 2018, we provided 399 bed nights of accommodation to 178 homeless and vulnerable people, 115 of whom have been moved into more permanent accommodation.
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 clients who were referred to StopGap by the the Rough Sleeper Service at Framework, for the period 26th June 2017 to 16th May 2018, 204 clients were placed for a total of 461 bed nights. 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!