WHAT STOPGAP DOES
StopGap works with voluntary sector partner agencies, such as Framework, (Sheffield's Rough Sleeper Team), to pay for bed and breakfast accommodation one night at a time. This allows both the client and the agency a small breathing space to seek out other housing solutions.
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Can you help someone who is rough sleeping or in danger of rough sleeping?
Local agencies working with homeless and vulnerable people, contact us to help arrange accommodation for approximately 2-3 nights to allow the referring agency time to work with them to address their longer term housing needs. It also allows the agencies to continue to work with people to help resolve deeper issues like substance misuse and poor mental health.
Our work helps. It provides a moment of security and helps people to get back on their feet.
From July 2019 to June 2020 we have helped place 305 people for a total of 737 bed nights.
A bed in bed and breakfast accommodation costs in the region of £30 per night.
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Sheffield City Council have implemented their Winter Plan.
"The ‘Rough Sleeper Winter Plan’ runs from November to March, and aims to protect people against the winter weather and the risks posed by Coronavirus.
The Winter Plan aims to prevent serious harm on the streets due to harsh winter conditions, reduce the risks for people sleeping rough, increase opportunities for talking with people who are sleeping rough and help our aim to reduce rough sleeping.
Anyone sleeping rough in Sheffield will be assessed and we will work with them to secure emergency, and then more permanent, ‘move-on’ accommodation with appropriate support.
If you see someone sleeping rough in Sheffield and are concerned, you can report it either online via Streetlink, or by calling Sheffield’s Street Outreach Team on 0800 066 5358 (free from landlines and mobiles), or text SOTS to 80800, followed by your message. During evenings and weekends you can phone our out of hours Housing Solutions service on 0800 7311 689."
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