Working in partnership with Health and Adult Services, Children and Young People's Services and other local housing support and accommodation providers, Selby District Council deal with all 16-25 year olds through a Hub that is based at Access Selby.
The young people's housing solutions@ the hub is in your area to assist with all issues around housing and homelessness.
- Support if you are a young person aged between 16-25 and are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
- General housing advice and support around issues like benefits and managing a tenancy.
- Offer you support and help to stay in your own home where it is safe and appropriate to do so.
- However, we know staying at home isn't always suitable or possible so we offer a range of accommodation and support services.
Staff in the hub will:
- Talk you through every thing and make sure you have a clear understanding of your options so you can make an informed choice.
- Answer any questions you have.
- Take into account your wishes and feelings.
- Provide you with a support worker who will help you through the entire process.
As parents have parental responsibility until their child is 18, they will always be contacted by the Council for clarification of circumstances. If a young person presents as homeless Selby Council Housing will offer to refer people with relationship problems to Relate, to try to solve their problems even if only in the short term. Due to the lack of affordable accommodation in the Selby area, many people feel they have no choice but to declare friends/relatives as 'homeless' in the belief it will help them. However there is a severe lack of housing available and attempts to solve housing problems must be sought first.
SASH - Safe and Sound Homes
The Council may refer young single homeless people to an organisation called 'SASH' where a night stop placement will be organised. Transport, meal and a bed for the night are provided by volunteers within their home. All referrals come through the hub at Access Selby.
SASH also offer supported lodgings in the Selby area for young people referred to us via the Housing Hub. Young people placed with a SASH host live in the home of a carefully recruited host, for up to two years. The host and project workers support young people to develop their independence skills, such as budgeting and basic cooking. The host provides a suitable room of their own, breakfast and an evening meal daily. The young people are encouraged to continue/ begin an education programme/ job and can be referred for additional specialist support with personal issues they wish to work on. All referrals come through the hub at Access Selby.
Foundation offer support to obtain and maintain accommodation in the Selby District. Foundation are the lead provider of accommodation and support for young people in the Selby District, through the Hub. Foundation have a variety of accommodation ranging from Cygnet House, a Hostel that is staffed 24 hours per day, to independent accommodation in the Selby district. Foundation also support people when they are released from prison and work in partnership with North Yorkshire Probation Service to deliver this service, either in managed properties or floating support. All referrals come through the hub.
No Wrong Door
The council and staff within the Hub may also refer to services offered under the 'No Wrong Door' initiative. This service works with young people (mainly those aged 16/17) to develop strengths and reduce risks through accessing the right services at the right time and in the right place to meet their needs.
What to do next
If you are aged 16 - 25 and are interested in talking to someone about your housing problem or are working with a young person and need some advice - please contact the Hub on 01757 705101 or call in to Access Selby, Market Cross Shopping Centre, Selby, YO8 4JS.