Focusing on health can help people rough sleeping to move away from the streets. Our partners work to provide extra support to people who have multiple and complex needs, specifically in relation to their physical and mental health, and substance misuse.

Assertive outreach

  • Improved engagement with people rough sleeping by introducing detailed protocols for partners working closely with Newcastle City Councils newly appointed rough sleeping co-ordinator.
  • Post-lockdown, this varies from zero people at its lowest to seven people at its highest on any given one night.
  • Every morning people found sleeping rough are monitored, offered breakfast, a shower, and laundry facilities. Although these numbers are lower than in many other cities, we believe that even one person sleeping on the streets is one too many.
  • NE1 Street Rangers and Northumbria Police Community city centre policing team are able to re-connect every individual found rough sleeping with the most appropriate services to support them.

Government grants

  • Newcastle City Council secured £1.2m of additional funding for Street Zero’s housing and health initiatives, with a particular focus on mental health and addiction recovery.

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