Richmondshire District Council

Annual rough sleeper count

The annual estimate of the number of rough sleepers within Richmondshire will be taken this month - focussing on one night.

The District Council - along with neighbouring authorities - will complete the estimate between midnight and 7am on the night of Wednesday 22 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.  Local authorities can decide whether to submit an estimate or carry out a count – but due to the district’s rural nature and geographical size - and the heavy involvement needed from partner organisations – Richmondshire’s will be an estimate.

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, cars.

Local people are asked to contact Heidi Richardson by Friday 18 November on  or 01748 901143.

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