The Archbishop of York has launched a new initiative to address homelessness in the city.
Dr John Sentamu launched the 'No Second Night Out' initiative at The Salvation Army, Gillygate.
'No Second Night Out' aims to be the link between the homeless, the
communities they come from, and the agencies that are able to offer
The support includes helping rough sleepers to access emergency
accommodation and healthcare, and finding long-term solutions to their
Members of the public are also being encouraged to play an active
role by calling a helpline - 0300 500 0914 - if they see a rough
sleeper. The Salvation Army will then attempt to make contact with the
rough sleeper and offer them support.
In addition to The Salvation Army, the ‘No Second Night Out’ scheme
has been developed with the Peasholme Charity, Arc Light, City of York
Council, the Foundation, YACRO, Restore and Richmond Fellowship.
Speaking at the launch, the Archbishop said the initiative would provide better choices for people facing homelessness.
“Homelessness is a problem which forces us to reconsider the values on which we are building our society," he said. “The idea behind it is not just to take people off the streets, to
‘sweep them out of sight’. Rather it is to move quickly to find a place
of safety for those without a home and, where possible to reconnect
them to their own community. In this way those helpful links which have been broken may be
rebuilt and restored, before the dislocation becomes too great. Our
role is to be the connectors with the homeless, the communities they
come from, and the agencies who can offer help.”