Help at hand for homeless people in Scarborough

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Help will be offered to change the chaotic lives of homeless people in the Scarborough area after councillors approved a new scheme.

On Monday members of Scarborough Council agreed a radical approach – Changing the lives of Chaotic Homeless People through the use of Social Investment – to help tackle the large problem of homeless single people in the borough.

The plan will use funding from a number of sources – including the Government and North Yorkshire County Council – to provide more support workers.

Cllr Tom Fox, the council leader, said it was a very important scheme and added: “We’ve got to make this work.”

But Cllr John Ritchie asked whether funding was available to ensure the initiative could continue in the future. He said: “Once the money is gone it’s gone.”

Cllr Fox said that once it came to fruition they would look at the next stage. He added: “We already have partner engaged on this.”

He added that homeless families could also be helped. “Maybe we can remove those families from this chaotic lifestyle and give them a better start.”

Cllr Eric Broadbent wondered if a dedicated hotline could be set up and added: “Over the next four or five years this type of problem is going to be more common.”

But Cllr Fox said that the person they were targeting would not usually use a telephone. He said: “We know who they are. I am not sure that they would come forward for help.”

According to the council report any savings produced would be recycled to keep the scheme running.