Yarlington supports Bristol’s SOS campaign
December 22, 2016
Yarlington Housing Group has committed to funding 110 beds for Bristol’s rough sleepers over the festive period.
The donation of £1,870, which will directly support one night of shelter provision over Christmas, is being given as part of the Safer off the Streets campaign launched this year by St Mungos, The Julian Trust, Caring in Bristol and Crisis Centre Ministries.
There is an acute housing crisis in the region, in Bristol alone there are over 8,000 people on the housing register. Yarlington has recently committed to providing new homes in the city to help address the crisis – up to 500 by 2020.
Yarlington’s Director of Growth and Development, Stephen Lodge, said “The crisis isn’t just about a lack of homes – it’s about people. We want to build new homes to create opportunity for the many families living in temporary and privately rented accommodation across the city.
“People shouldn’t be homeless in the 21st century and this is one of the first things we can do to help people in the city before we can improve the availability of homes across Bristol.
“At Yarlington, we are proud of our reputation as one of the leading housing providers in the South West and we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to live in a quality home that they can afford."
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees added "I would like to thank Yarlington for doing their bit to tackle homelessness in Bristol. Their donation is important and will help to temporarily bring people off the Streets, but crucially it is supported by the promise of longer term change through the affordable housing Yarlington plan to provide in the city.
"Alongside the Safer off the Streets campaign, the City Office has committed to finding both short and long term solutions to homelessness in Bristol. As part of this, the City Office has pledged to help organisations bring forward 100 extra bed spaces for people currently homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We will be sharing more information about this in the New Year."
Gareth Mercer, Shelter coordinator, said "This is a generous and welcome donation to the #SOSBristol campaign. We exceeded £20k last weekend and are delighted by the compassion that individuals and businesses such as Yarlington are showing towards Bristol's night shelters. Every donation directly supports the night shelters and helps people to be safer off the street.
"People often ask what they can do to help and our response would be to take early action; take your relationships, finances and mental health seriously and seek support before it reaches crisis point. However, if you are concerned about a person who is sleeping rough then you can make a referral to www.streetlink.org.uk."