People sleeping rough in Leeds reaches record high

Homeless increase

The number of people sleeping rough in Leeds has risen to a record high. Local authorities evaluated the extent of the problem in England based on a single night survey, undertaken in autumn 2018.

The study shows that the number of people sleeping rough in Leeds has increased from 6 in 2010 to 33 in 2018. The region has also seen a substantial increase in rough sleepers up by 114% in the same period.

National figures show that 4,677 people were found sleeping rough in England on a single night in 2018.

How CDS are helping

CDS chose Leeds based homeless Charity, St George’s Crypt, as our Charity of the Year for 2019. We have many exciting fundraising challenges planned and next month a group of staff will be swapping their desk job to helping to cook and serve lunch to over 100 homeless people.

St George’s Crypt provides 24/7 emergency accommodation as well as rehabilitation for men and women who are homeless or sleeping rough in Leeds. They also work in partnership with the NHS and other organisations.

Cheryl Harrington, Lead Fundraiser said: "St George’s Crypt works with around 2,000 individuals each year. We accommodate up to 50 people a night and feed in excess of 100 people at lunchtime, as well as running run a recovery project, wellbeing sessions and skills training. Many of our service users have multiple complex needs; homelessness, addiction, poor mental and physical health. Just some of the problems they face on a daily basis.

Together with other organisations in the city are working hard to address these issues to combat homelessness and lasting positive changes for the people. We are really excited about our Charity of the Year partnership with CDS. Not only will the Crypt benefit from their fundraising efforts but from the individual expertise of employees in the company. We look forward to a very productive year." 

How can you help the homeless too?

Say hello – have a chat – they are human too!

We advise not to give money. Not everyone who is begging is homeless, this doesn’t mean they don’t need kindness.

Let them know about St George’s Crypt, who offer emergency accommodation, hot food, showers and many other support services. Most importantly everything offered is free.

St Anne’s Resource Centre run a drop-in service during the weekdays from 8:30 to 4:30pm.

If you are worried about someone who may be sleeping rough, please contact the Street Outreach Team or Simon On The Streets.

For more information:

  • St Georges Crypt: 0113 245 9061
  • Simon on the Streets: 0113 345 2270
  • St Anne’s Resource Centre: 0113 243 1894
  • Street Outreach Team: 0113 245 9445

If you would like to make a donation visit our page here: https://localgiving.org/fundraising/CDS/

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