WHAT DOES STOPGAP DO?
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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COVID 19 UPDATE - WINTER PLAN
20th January 2021
Between 21 December 2020 and 31 March 2021, Sheffield City Council (SCC) has a ‘Rough Sleeper Winter Plan’ in place, to ensure that people who sleep rough are safeguarded against the winter weather and the risks posed by the pandemic. This has been extended to June.
Anyone sleeping rough in Sheffield will be assessed, and worked with to secure emergency and then more permanent ‘move on’ accommodation.
The key aims of the Winter Plan are to:
Prevent deaths and serious harm on the streets due to harsh weather conditions
Reduce the risks for people sleeping rough
Increase opportunities for engagement with people sleeping rough
Contribute to the needs of the city
Continue with SCC’s aims to reduce and end rough sleeping
The Winter Plan is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to offer the opportunity for persons known to be rough sleeping to be brought in off the streets this winter.
Under the Winter Plan, SCC will be offering in house assessments, access to drug and alcohol services and engagement with health and mental health services, with a view to being able to secure rough sleepers with more permanent and settled accommodation.
SCC’s Housing Solutions team will assess individuals for eligibility and make decisions on whether someone can be placed into accommodation. People will be placed into hotels, and will be expected to cooperate with having an assessment, engaging with services and any other plans to help them achieve more permanent and settled accommodation. Specialist support and healthcare will also be provided, where required.
Once a rough sleeper is brought in off the streets, they will remain accommodated for the duration of the Winter Plan. The exception to this is where they are asked to leave due to their behaviour or risk to others.