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  • "Homeless people are not all drug addicts and alcoholics. The only reason York **** Council want them off the streets is that the might not look too appealing to the tourists. The council couldn't care less about the needs of homeless people they just want them out of the way so the city can appear more 'tourist friendly'. Paul Meoff thinks that 'winos & druggies' can choose to simply " clean themselves up and get a job in order to escape" and hence proves what the average narrow-minded moron thinks about the issue of homelessness, ie that it can be fixed easily by having a bath and walking out and getting a job. Jeez!...
    People are sleeping rough NOT THROUGH CHOICE, not because they are 'lazy druggies and alcoholics'. Many are trying to escape a life of extreme violence and abuse. Many have mental health issues. Many are simply forced to sleep rough because our so-called 'civilised' society is too buried in pointless bureaucracy to positively deal with the issue. Meanwhile, over a million properties in the UK stand empty. Homelessness can happen to ANYONE. Remember that before you look down on the homeless with sneering contempt and tar all with your bigoted brush. Show compassion to those who deserve it. It might be YOU one day trying to keep warm all night, in the rain next to a wall, while snotty, spineless, small-minded bigots shuffle past trying not to look you in the eye."
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New drive to take rough sleepers off York's streets

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EFFORTS to fight homelessness in York are to be stepped up, to try to prevent people slipping into a dangerous lifestyle.

Rough sleeping in York is less of a problem than in many other cities, but it is vital that new rough sleepers are helped off the streets as quickly as possible, council leaders said.

They were speaking as it was announced that the Archbishop of York will next week launch the city's response to a national project aimed at tackling rough sleeping.

Dr John Sentamu, who chaired the city’s Fairness Commission report earlier this year, will unveil the scheme – developed through the Salvation Army, the Peasholme Charity, the Arc Light centre, City of York Council and other bodies – on Monday.

It will outline how York organisations will play a part in the No Second Night Out initiative, designed to ensure new rough sleepers are identified and helped off the streets as soon as possible to avoid them drifting into a dangerous homeless lifestyle. It will also encourage residents to report instances of rough-sleeping, and provide places of safety and emergency accommodation.

The council said rough-sleeping levels in York were “relatively low” but had increased over the last year.

Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, the authority’s cabinet member for health, housing and adult social services, said: “Rough sleepers need support and advice to make the best decision for their health, wellbeing and security, and with reduced funding we need to pool our resources with partner agencies and invite the public to play their part.”

Dave Knowles, the Peasholme Charity’s chief executive, who chairs York’s No Second Night Out working group, said: “We are delighted the Archbishop has agreed to launch this new initiative as it is important we continue to work to reduce rough-sleeping in York, even more so at a time of economic pressures and high demand for housing.”

Anybody who is concerned about a rough sleeper they have seen, especially outside York city centre, can phone the StreetLink helpline on 0300 500 0914 or log on to so they can be connected to Salvation Army support services.

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