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11 Dec 2012

Housing Minister Mark Prisk who urged people to offer “a hand-up, rather than a handout”

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“Most people know that giving money or food won’t help a rough sleeper find a home, get the healthcare they need, or simply put them in touch with the support available to make sure they don’t become entrenched in the lifestyle or living on the streets,” Mr Prisk said. The Government is providing £250,000 funding for the helpline.

Shaun Collins, 53, was sleeping rough in a Barking churchyard for three weeks earlier this year. A paramedic alerted No Second Night Out and he was taken to an Islington hostel. Today he is moving into rented accommodation in East Ham.

The Independent report of the launch of the national rough sleeping referral line, StreetLink. Read the full article here.

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