01 May 2012
New 24-Hour Hotline for Devon & Cornwall Aims To Reduce Rough Sleeping
In November, 181 people were sleeping rough across Devon and Cornwall. Each week about 20 people are spotted sleeping rough across the region for the first time. The figure tends to rise during the summer months.
The hotline is being run by 11 local authorities and nine voluntary organisations across the two counties. Called the Devon and Cornwall Rough Sleeping Parnership (DCRSP), the initiative has won £600,000 government funding, and focuses primarily on those who find themselves rough sleeping for the first time.
The Devon and Cornwall approach is tied into a national initiative called No Second Night Out (NSNO), and aims to put an end to rough sleeping across the two counties. NSNO aims to prevent someone new to rough sleeping from spiralling downwards into a long-term life on the streets where they are vulnerable crime, drugs and alcohol and at a high risk of serious illness and potentially early death.
The west country initiative is being led by Exeter City Council, with the 24-hour hotline being manned within the city.
Cllr Rob Hannaford, Lead Councillor for Housing and Community Involvement, said:
“By the end of 2012, it is the aim of the group that no individual arriving on the streets of a town, village or city throughout Devon and Cornwall will need to sleep out for a second night.
“This approach is already working successfully in London and Liverpool and leaflets and posters are now being distributed around the two counties to draw people’s attention to the initiative and how they can help make a difference.
“We will ensure that there is a rapid response to new rough sleepers and will provide an offer that means they do not need to endure another night out in the open.”
All authorities within the partnership are committed to end rough sleeping in the region.
Homesless Transitition Fund: A year of Transition – Innovations to end rough sleeping [May 2013]
St Petrock: “Help to Move on”: An Evaluation Of Exeter’s No Second Night Out Project [November 2014]