Rough sleeping

We are committed to ending rough sleeping across the district, and we have joined other councils in the region in adopting the York and North Yorkshire No Second Night Out standard. This standard forms part of our wider commitment to end the cycle of rough sleeping contained within our local and sub-regional housing and homelessness strategies and plans to ensure that:

  • No one new to the streets should spend a second night out
  • No one should make their home on the streets
  • No one should return to the streets once they have been helped off of them
  • Ultimately no one should arrive on the streets

This protocol specifically relates to our commitment to help people that are new to the street so that they do not become entrenched within a rough sleeping lifestyle. Find out more about No Second Night Out, and read the government's vision to end homelessness.

Tell us about a rough sleeper

We know that many people want to help rough sleepers but don't know the best way to do this.

That's why we are pleased to support StreetLink, a telephone line 0300 500 0914 and website which will help link someone sleeping on the street with local advice and services.

The phone line and website pass information directly to us, and the person reporting the problem will receive details of the action we normally take when we are told someone is sleeping rough.

StreetLink will contact us again after no more than ten working days to find out what has happened as a result of the alert and, if requested, provide the person who made the report with an update.

Severe Weather Provision

During periods of severe weather in the winter months (November to March inclusive), Access Selby’s Housing Options Team will offer overnight emergency accommodation for rough sleepers. For provision of emergency accommodation to be considered by the Housing Options Team, the Meteorological Office (‘Met Office’) forecast must predict that for the next three consecutive nights or more, temperatures are expected to be at a minimum of zero degrees Celsius or lower.

Severe Weather Provision may also apply during periods of high wind and excessive or prolonged rain due to increased risks during these periods.