Published On: Wed, Mar 26th, 2014 on 10:14 pm

Bradford’s rough sleepers finding hope through Hope Housing service

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Hope Housing provides emergency accommodation to people for the night

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Helen Syrop, centre manager at Hope Housing

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A brand new service to help the homeless and needy by providing a much-needed place of warmth and shelter has officially opened today.

Hope Housing’s assessment centre – which provides emergency accommodation to people for one night – has ten people currently booked in, the highest number of service-users it has accommodated.

Helen Syrop, centre manager at Hope Housing, told the Yorkshire Standard: “The assessment centre is a great opportunity where we can make sure that more people get off the streets and we look forward when our dream will become a reality.”

The centre, located on Green Lane, has already helped 17 people with longer-term accommodation since it started taking on service-users three weeks ago.

Around six local churches have offered their support and night workers have also been busy helping during the night.

Housed in offices belonging to social housing landlord Incommunities, there are various facilities inside the centre, including rooms with beds, locker facilities, showering facilities, a lounge, and a kitchen with a washing machine and a dryer.

Ms Syrop added: “With the welfare changes, I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of challenges ahead but we’re confident we can help clients and help get people off the streets.

“We long for the day when nobody will have to sleep rough in our city.”

Hope Housing was created in 2008, and now also runs a hosting project to house homeless people in volunteers’ homes on a night-by-night basis.

It is also looking for volunteers to help out at the centre. If you’d like to volunteer or want to find out more, please email David Arscott on david@hopehousing.org.uk. All volunteers are given training.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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  1. Tony Wilkinson says:

    This is so needed well done Hope Housing. The government need to hang there heads in shame. With the benefit changes next week charities like Hope Housing are going to see more and more desperate people Trying to get through there doors it needs a rethink and QUICK.

  2. Adrian says:

    Good work there !

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