Partnership set to tackle issue of homelessness

Pictured l to r, Ben Hardiment, Katherine Brown, Jon Townshend and Leslie Usher.
Pictured l to r, Ben Hardiment, Katherine Brown, Jon Townshend and Leslie Usher.
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A new £40,000 partnership project gets under way this month with the aim of tackling homelessness in Scarborough.

The project, funded by Scarborough Council and involving Stonham HomeStay and the Rainbow Centre, will provide day support services through the Rainbow Centre in Castle Road, travel warrant provision for individuals who would be best supported by returning back to their home town and emergency winter accommodation during particularly cold weather, which clients can be referred to through Scarborough Police. Simon Watterson, director of the Rainbow Centre said, “We are really pleased to be involved with this new project and are excited with the prospects of working more formally with Stonham HomeStay staff to deliver these important services to extremely vulnerable people. We see the devastating impact of homelessness on a daily basis and we hope that this programme will prevent this from happening through early intervention and support.”

Jonathan Townshend, senior client services manager for Stonham, said: “We’ve worked closely with the Rainbow Centre for several years and developed a good working relationship. This partnership will enable us to build on this to help even more people break the cycle of street homelessness and find accommodation that fits with their needs.” The programme will run for the next three years.