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Hope for the homeless in Harrogate

Hope for the homeless in Harrogate

Published at 12:51pm 16th August 2017.

A new project has launched in Harrogate to help homeless people.

Service for Adults Facing Exclusion - also known as SAFE - has been set up by Harrogate Homeless Project.

It is a new approach which aims to help rough sleepers in the Harrogate district.

The project will receive £30,000 a year from Harrogate Borough Council over the next five years.

It's said by the charity that rough sleeping damages people's lives and can affect both their physical and mental health.

They believe the longer someone spends on the streets, the harder it is for them to get their lives back on track so that they can return to living an independent life in the future.

Whilst Harrogate Homeless Project is able to assist many people who find themselves homeless through their hostel and the No Second Night Out initiative, there are some entrenched rough sleepers who have a long history of ineffective contact with the services who are trying to assist them.

Through one-to-one contact with a project leader, tailored solutions will be developed for the most marginalised, hardest to reach, vulnerable individuals.

SAFE will provide encouragement and support in their engagement and provide counselling for the individual's specific needs.

Councillor Richard Cooper, Leader of Harrogate Borough Council said: "SAFE is an extremely important and worthwhile project which will provide much needed help for some of the district's most vulnerable people.

"We needed a new approach, one which deals with the health and social problems facing rough sleepers, some of whom have been on the streets for much of the past years, even decades.

"That approach is SAFE and I am proud that Harrogate Borough Council is using taxpayers money compassionately to add to the extensive support it already gives to Harrogate Homeless Project to help those most in need."