Harrogate Homeless Project - Day 1

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10:59am 19th March 2012
(Updated 9:08am 2nd September 2013)

 

A Stray FM investigation has found that homelessness in Harrogate is being swept under the carpet, and that high rent and lack of housing is contributing to the problem.

We've been given a special insight into the work of the Harrogate Homeless Project.

All this week, we'll feature interviews from the people who run, volunteer and use the service.

Homelessness is a problem in Harrogate which seems to go unnoticed.

Many people are unaware that there are rough sleepers who hide away so as not to be noticed by the public or get moved on by police.

The project is a local charity which provides direct access emergency accommodation in 16 single rooms for homeless people over 18.

It was established in 1991 and is the only hostel in the Harrogate District.

It also works closely with the police, probation and drug and alcohol services.

Only five rough sleepers were counted in the town in 2011, compared to 14 the year before (statistics provided by Homeless Link).

However, the hostel receives on average 25 individuals referring per month and there are only on average three hostel vacancies per month.

The council also received 68 homeless applications last year, meaning that there could be even more 'hidden homeless' missed from the count.

We spoke to Chris, who was homeless himself but is now in accommodation.

He still uses the project's day centre called Springboard, which offers a warm meal, cleaning facilities and support every weekday.

Chris spoke about how the project helped him and that homelessness seems to be a taboo subject in Harrogate:

 For more information about the Harrogate Homeless Project, including the hostel and Springboard, click here.

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