Homeless charity SASH has been awarded £35,000 to aid work in Bridlington
A charity which helps young homeless people in Bridlington will get a chunk of a national cash pot being handed out to support rough sleepers during the pandemic.
SASH has been awarded £35,000 from the £6m pledged by the Government for charities across the country which provide emergency and longer-term accommodation.
SASH is one of 132 charities selected to benefit from the fund.
It offers accommodation to people aged 16 to 25 who are facing homelessness through its Nightstop and Supported Lodgings services across East and North Yorkshire.
These rely on volunteer hosts who offer a spare room in their own homes.
Some of these hosts live in Bridlington and the charity has a resettlement project based at The Hinge Centre in Bridlington.
The charity also helps young people resolve the problems which have led to them becoming homeless.
A spokeswoman for SASH said: “Over 50% of young people that are referred to SASH do so because of a family breakdown or fleeing violence and unfortunately, we are predicting an influx in demand for our emergency service once lockdown is lifted.
“We need to be there for these vulnerable young people.
“To provide this vital support we rely heavily on the generosity of our fundraising supporters.
“Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we had to cancel a series of fundraising events and therefore lost significant income needed to enable us to continue to keep vulnerable young people safe.
“We are delighted to be awarded £35,000 from the Homeless Link Fund, which will help to fill our fundraising gap, however, we still need to secure further funding to enable us to provide long-term support to young people.”
Rick Henderson, chief executive of Homeless Link, said: “Homelessness charities that many vulnerable people rely upon have continued to provide invaluable support, despite being hard hit by the current public health crisis.
“This emergency funding will enable them to keep running their vital services.”