Who we are
Street Zero is a not-for-profit partnership between the public sector, businesses, charities, and community organisations – all committed to working together to help people rough sleeping reconnect and make the step change to independent living.
Bob Eldridge MBE, who’s charity is the Newcastle Homeless Commission, established Street Zero with Newcastle City Council and partners in 2018. The partnership was created as a way to coordinate city-wide efforts to prevent homelessness and ultimately eradicate rough sleeping in Newcastle for good by 2022.
Prior to his current voluntary role as Street Zero Chair, businessman Bob was Chair of The People’s Kitchen where he helped the founder establish the charity over 30 years ago.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020, Newcastle City Council moved every person who was rough sleeping into hostel accommodation. The city demonstrated that it could end rough sleeping. Post-lockdown, Street Zero’s priority has shifted to support people who were rough sleeping by helping them sustain a life away from the streets.
Collectively, Street Zero can end rough sleeping for good. The most vulnerable need it, the public and businesses expect it, and we are committed, with your help, to make Newcastle a city where no one sleeps rough.
Street Zero will achieve it’s goal by focusing on:
Whenever possible, we prevent people from rough sleeping in the first place. If individuals are in housing we endeavour to sustain their tenancy reducing the risk of future eviction.
Provide daily assertive street outreach to reconnect every individual with supported accommodation and a personalised clinical intervention plan. We focus on establishing trust and building their recovery and personal resilience to help people move on from a hostel environment towards independent living
Rapid housing helps individuals in recovery sustain their own tenancy while meeting their healthcare and welfare needs in the community. We encourage people to develop job-ready skills and build financial stability whilst living independently in a safe place they can call home.