North East of England & Cumbria


Area: Northumberland, Durham, Tees Valley and Tyne and Wear

Membership: We have more than 20 members in the North East including homelessness hostels, day centres and local authorities.

Every year we ask our members and others in the homelessness sector to tell us what’s happening in their area. The results of our Survey of Needs and Provision 2012 told us that in the North East:
  • there are 3 fewer projects and 55 fewer bed spaces since 2011
  • only 17% of projects reported ever having empty beds
  • 63% of projects had decreased funding in 2011/12
  • the most common impact of funding decreases is reduced support for people with complex needs
  • the most reported gap in provision is housing for individuals to move on to

Check out Homeless Link's Local Homelessness Statistics Tables and National Summary Table showing the latest local figures on statutory and non-statutory homelessness, planned moves and numbers of services.

no second night out

We are currently working to roll out the No Second Night Out initiative nationwide. No Second Night Out works to get help quickly to those who are new to the streets, so they don’t have to spend a second night out. It is based on four main principles:

• No one should spend a second night out
• No one should arrive on the streets
• No one should live on the streets
• No one should return to the streets once they have been helped off

In the North East Homeless Link has supported  all 12 local authorities to work together to implement No Second Night Out, which was launch on the 11th December 2012. You can read the North East's NSNO Statement here. Sources of advice on reconnecting rough sleepers from the North East can be found here.

shared accommodation rate

People aged between 25 and 34 will be subject to the Shared Accommodation Rate (SAR) of LHA from January 2012,  with an exemption for people who have stayed in a homeless hostel for three months or more. 

On behalf of the 12 North East Local Authorities, Homeless Link has compiled a list of hostels that meet the definition in the DWP guidance,  for use by Housing Benefit Departments and agencies helping clients claim Housing Benefit.  This list only has brief details and should not be used for client referrals or to look for suitable accommodation, for this please refer to your local authority or Homeless UK.

Events in the north east

MEaningful activities, why bother? Newcastle 16.7.12

Download the speakers presentations from the event here. If you would like one of the workshop presntations please email Lindsay Henderson.

Rough Sleeping & Single Homeless Good Practice Seminar - Durham 8.2.12

Download the presentations from the event here

North East Homeless Link NAC & Members Meeting - 7.2.12 

Download the Policy Overview presentation from the event here

Creating Places of Change - Darlington 25.11.2011

Download the presentations from the event here

Creating Places of Change - Hexham 03.11.2011

Download the presentations from the event here

Cold Weather Provision Best Practice & Networking Seminar 16.09.2011

Download the presentation from the event here

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