Homeless project a success - report
Rough sleepers who attended a No Second Night Out ‘hub’ in London were significantly less likely to return to sleeping on the streets than those who didn’t, according to a six-month report on the project.
As other areas of England are preparing to adopt the NSNO model, the report from Homeless Link shows that just 16 per cent of those who passed through one of the hubs were seen sleeping rough again in the capital. This compares with 34 per cent of the rough sleepers contacted by outreach teams who did not pass through a hub.
Of the total of 1583 new rough sleepers identified by the outreach teams, including those who did and did not attend a hub, 73 per cent did not return to the streets for a second night. This is up from the previous figure of 45-50 per cent , but short of the 80 per cent targeted by project workers.
A total of 792 rough sleepers were referred to NSNO during the pilot phase of the project, with more than four times as many agreeing to go a hub (656) than refusing (136). Nearly two thirds of those attending hubs went directly into accommodation.
More NSNO projects will be launched in the coming months across the country after 41 services received grants from the Communities and Local Government department’s £20 million homeless transition fund.