We are delighted to announce that St Anne’s ‘Somewhere Safe to Stay’ Hub will be operational from Monday 16th September 2019.
As you are aware, the service will offer night time Emergency provision for women with complex needs who are street homeless or vulnerably housed, offering them a ‘safe place to stay’ for the evening. This service will be available for females to access from 6pm to 7am 7 days a week for 72 hours, with St Anne’s Resource centre being open and available to access for support from 6:30am the next morning.
With a number of services co-locating from St Anne’s Resource Centre already, the women will be able to access a range of support the next day which will include a pathway to accommodation as well as look to address why they needed to access the HUB and what needs to be done to prevent them from sleeping rough or becoming homeless in the future.
Referrals will come via Leeds Housing Options and Leeds Housing Options Out of Hours Team, who will then contact the Hub and confirm the place. As discussed previously, clients being referred will be those with Emergency accommodation needs and will be assessed by the Housing Options Team to ensure that the most appropriate placement is identified.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those services who came and partook in the two forums we held in July and August.
We are very excited about this project and acknowledge that these 5 beds will not solve the problems of all vulnerable women with accommodation needs in Leeds. However, it will give us the opportunity to learn and identify areas for development going forward, by working with these women in a multidisciplinary way and providing wrap around care and support.
St Anne’s Resource Centre
St Anne’s Community Services
66 York Street
Tel: 0113 243 1894