Get Local Authority endorsement for a container home project to help the homeless in Leeds

Get Local Authority endorsement for a container home project to help the homeless in Leeds

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Vulnerable Citizen Support started this petition to leeds city council

Vulnerable Citizen Support is building a container home project for the homeless in Leeds. It has asked Leeds City Council for endorsement for a funding bid to agree that the project complements existing provision. This was refused as the council believe there is “currently adequate accommodation options available for people who are or are at risk of rough sleeping.”

Our work contradicts this – over the last week alone, we have had to bed down six rough sleepers, many of whom have complex needs and so shelters such as St George’s Crypt and St Anne’s are not suitable for their needs.

Our idea is simple but similar concepts have proven to be hugely effective in other parts of the UK. We have started building a micro-home from a donated shipping container that will provide self-contained living space for one person for six months. That six months will be a lifeline, during which time our organisation will provide employability training, support looking for jobs, or referrals and liaison with other agencies that can help with a permanent housing solution. Learn more about our plans here - https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/people/meet-man-creating-container-flats-homeless-people-leeds-after-turning-his-own-life-around-3047159

Almost 1000 people were forced to either beg or sleep rough in Leeds in 2019, and at least ten rough sleepers have died in the last three years.

We are not asking for direct financial help from Leeds City Council at this stage – we just want them to reconsider their decision not to endorse our project, and recognise its potential, so we can apply for mainstream homelessness funding pots and work with them to enhance existing provision.

If you want to help us alleviate the homelessness crisis in Leeds and give rough sleepers a second shot at a better future, please sign to show your support and try and get the council to work with us.

To donate towards our container home project, please visit https://vcs.enthuse.com/container

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