Joy at help for Sheffield homeless

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CHARITIES in Sheffield have been awarded £263,905 to help get homeless people off the city’s streets.

The city is estimated to have an average of 11 rough sleepers on the streets at any one time and two charities have been awarded cash to help provide them with accommodation and get their lives back on track.

The Cathedral Archer Project and ASSIST have been awarded the cash following the launch of StreetLink, a new national hotline and website which enables concerned members of the public to help connect a rough sleeper with local advice and services.

Since its launch last month StreetLink has been contacted more than 4,000 times and the cash awarded to the Sheffield charities will help deliver the StreetLink promise to provide the first step towards connecting rough sleepers with the support available to them.

The Cathedral Archer Project has been awarded £176,873 to provide short-term accommodation to rough sleepers who have been helped off the streets.

It will also be used to help the long-term homeless to leave the streets.

ASSIST has been awarded £87,032 to work with destitute asylum seekers.

The charity will employ a worker and train volunteers to help individuals access accommodation and support.

Tim Renshaw, Archer Project chief executive, said: “This grant represents the chance to undertake intensive work with a core of very chaotic people.

Paul Harvey, a Trustee of ASSIST, said: “We are so pleased to be awarded this grant and it has arrived at the perfect time for both our clients and our organisation.

“Our organisation is the last resort and the only means of support for destitute asylum seekers in Sheffield.”