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Concerned About Homelessness in Derby?
How Do We Help Homeless People in Derby?
Derby Homes is responsible for coordinating the city’s response to homelessness and for delivering the Council’s statutory Homelessness Services. Our priorities are to prevent individuals from becoming homeless and to provide relief for those who are already homeless or sleeping rough.
If you are concerned about someone who you think may be rough sleeping, or who is at immediate risk of becoming homeless, there are a number of ways you can help.
During the day you should encourage them to go to the Council House or call 01332 888777 and ask for the Housing Options Team (option 4). Outside of normal office hours, please call 01332 786968. Alternatively, you can call Street Link on 0300 500 0914: they are a national service that enables members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them.
Rough sleeping is the most visible form of homelessness, but it forms a very small percentage of the overall picture. Our rough sleeper outreach team, REST, are out on the streets every day engaging with people and offering accommodation and support. Many of the people we see have come from traumatic and chaotic backgrounds and so helping them back into accommodation can be a long process. Our experienced staff work hard to try and understand their worries, overcome barriers and support them into a home they can sustain for the long term.
For those who remain on the streets, the Safe Space provides emergency accommodation and support. This is a joint project between the Police, Derby City Council and Derby Homes, and offers access to health services and housing advice, along with hot showers and tea and toast. There are spaces available for anyone that wishes to take up the offer.
We are also very fortunate to have a night shelter in Derby, run by Derby City Mission across seven churches in the city. The night shelter has enough spaces for anyone who needs a bed for the night.
How do we record the number of rough sleepers?
The official definition of a rough sleeper comes from guidelines from the Ministry of Communities and Local Government. All local authorities assess rough sleeping on a single night between October and November, and submit the findings to the government. In addition to this, we conduct a monthly count.
Counts are coordinated with other local authorities so that people are not counted twice. Our team are out on the street most nights, and know most of Derby’s rough sleepers and where they typically bed down.
The last street estimate in Derby, in November 2019, identified 14 rough sleeping individuals, a reduction from 26 in 2018 and 37 the year before
How You Can Help
Many of our partner charities provide invaluable help to homeless people and in turn depend heavily on donations and volunteers. Derby City Mission, the Padley Centre & Derventio Housing Trust are integral parts of our service delivery, as well as many other organisations who would welcome any help the public are able to give.
The police have identified a problem with begging in the city. Many of those begging are not homeless and divert time and support away from those who really need it. We would always encourage members of the public who wish to give to consider speaking to those charities that depend on their support.