Richmondshire District Council

The annual estimate of the number of rough sleepers within Richmondshire will be taken this month.

The District Council - along with neighbouring authorities - will complete the estimate between midnight and 7am on the night of Wednesday 21 November.

All local authorities have to submit an annual figure to central government indicating the numbers of people sleeping rough in their area on a single ‘typical’ night.

People in the district are being asked to let the council know of any rough sleepers in the area. They are classed as: people sleeping, about to bed down (sitting on or in, or standing next to their bedding) or actually bedded down in the open air – on the street, in tents, doorways, parks, bus shelters or encampments. It also covers people in buildings or other places not designed for habitation - such as stairwells, barns, sheds, car parks and cars.

Housing officers will try to locate anyone reported as sleeping rough to offer advice and use the ‘no second night out’ initiative which aims to see no person sleeps rough for a second night by offering temporary accommodation.

Richmondshire is working with authorities covering York, Hull, East Riding and North Yorkshire including York, Hambleton, Craven, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby and Harrogate.

Local people are asked to contact Heidi Richardson by Friday 23 November on or 01748 901143 with as many details as possible on the rough sleepers they are reporting and the postcode of the area being used.

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