Success in fight against homelessness

Success in fight against homelessness

Success in fight against homelessness

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The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Durham)

THE number of people sleeping rough on the streets of the North-East has fallen by more than two thirds in just one year.

Figures show an average of 12 people slept rough per night last year, compared to 69 in 2012.

Across the country there was a five per cent increase.

However, in County Durham, the number fell from 11 to three.

Andrew Burnip, from housing solutions at Durham County Council – who chairs the Regional Homelessness Group, praised the “No Second Night Out” approach adopted by councils and voluntary groups.

“This approach has meant that in many areas of the North-East we have been able to find people sooner and offer them a route into proper shelter.

“In many cases this is a pathway which could ultimately lead them into their own independent home.

“We also now know much more about who is on the street and how best to help them.”

Lindsay Henderson, regional manager for the national charity Homeless Link, said: “The tremendous efforts of local authorities and homeless organisations across the North-East means we have been able to reduce the number of people staying on the streets.

“We have begun to reduce the number of rough sleepers as we are able to find long term solutions which stop people returning to or staying on the streets.”

To report a person sleeping rough and help them, call the National Street Link Line on 0300-500-0914 or visit streetlink.org.uk and Street Link will contact the relevant local services.

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8:48pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Voice-of-reality says...

It is good to see that, faced with rising bills, and moved by Christian kindness, that those with subsidised spare rooms have seen it in their hearts to use their unneeded rooms for the greater good by welcoming the homeless into their spare rooms.
It is good to see that, faced with rising bills, and moved by Christian kindness, that those with subsidised spare rooms have seen it in their hearts to use their unneeded rooms for the greater good by welcoming the homeless into their spare rooms. Voice-of-reality
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5:37pm Sun 6 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

I have a cunning plan, I don't like work, so I don't, I scrounge and beg. I drink like a fish, smoke twenty a day (at least) and have observed some of my mates are on free nappy nanny benefit substances. I enjoy lying around all day, doing nothing whilst ****others get out of bed and go to work. I am fit and 23 Years old, the free Nanny Benefit State and the 'Mug' working Taxpayer will meet my every need.......Thank You all.
I have a cunning plan, I don't like work, so I don't, I scrounge and beg. I drink like a fish, smoke twenty a day (at least) and have observed some of my mates are on free nappy nanny benefit substances. I enjoy lying around all day, doing nothing whilst ****others get out of bed and go to work. I am fit and 23 Years old, the free Nanny Benefit State and the 'Mug' working Taxpayer will meet my every need.......Thank You all. cushybutterfield
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3:12pm Mon 7 Apr 14

settheworldonfire says...

cushybutterfield wrote:
I have a cunning plan, I don't like work, so I don't, I scrounge and beg. I drink like a fish, smoke twenty a day (at least) and have observed some of my mates are on free nappy nanny benefit substances. I enjoy lying around all day, doing nothing whilst ****others get out of bed and go to work. I am fit and 23 Years old, the free Nanny Benefit State and the 'Mug' working Taxpayer will meet my every need.......Thank You all.
You crease me up...Keep up the great comments...l.o.l....
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[quote][p][bold]cushybutterfield[/bold] wrote: I have a cunning plan, I don't like work, so I don't, I scrounge and beg. I drink like a fish, smoke twenty a day (at least) and have observed some of my mates are on free nappy nanny benefit substances. I enjoy lying around all day, doing nothing whilst ****others get out of bed and go to work. I am fit and 23 Years old, the free Nanny Benefit State and the 'Mug' working Taxpayer will meet my every need.......Thank You all.[/p][/quote]You crease me up...Keep up the great comments...l.o.l.... . settheworldonfire
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