York RLA currently supports two charities helping homeless people in York. On this page you can find details about the charities and our involvement. We urge all members and non-members to help wherever possible.
SASH works to prevent homelessness in young people aged 16-24 in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding. SASH helps young people get the support they need so that a time of crisis does not lead to a vicious circle of homelessness and unemployment. Support is given to young people to access education, training or employment and to gain the skills and self-confidence they need to live independently. SASH promotes greater understanding of the issues faced by young people and their families that might lead to homelessness.
Our approach to preventing youth homelessness is thanks entirely to our volunteer ‘hosts’.
These are ordinary people who have a spare room and want to help make a difference to a young person in their local community. Working together with our hosts, we make sure that young people can continue their education or work, even though they have lost their home. We also work with other agencies so that they receive the support they need to resolve any additional problems they may have. We currently work across York, North Yorkshire and East Riding.
Thanks to the dedication of our volunteer hosts, we help around 300 young people every year through our Nightstop and Supported Lodgings projects. Our Nightstop service ensures young people have a safe and welcoming place to stay in an emergency. Through our Supported Lodgings service, we help young people gain the skills they need to be able to live independently. We ensure they complete their education and access work or training, so that their prospects for the future are also secure.
How you can help
There are lots of ways you can help us. If you have a spare room and would like to be directly involved, you could become a volunteer host. We also welcome your support through donations, fundraising or simply by helping us spread the word.
“York RLA’s initial donation helped SASH to launch a new initiative called SASH Active. This is a programme of outdoor activities and cultural events aimed at providing disadvantaged young people with informal learning and development opportunities as a way to build their self-esteem and confidence to support their move towards independence. York RLA’s continued support helps to maintain SASH’s services to homeless and vulnerable young people in York.” Peter Robinson, Director
Restore (York) Ltd is a Christian charity set up to provide homes and support for people in York who would otherwise be homeless. Restore works in partnership with Green Pastures Housing and other local landlords to lease and manage properties and provide support for its tenants so that having found a home they are also equipped to sustain their tenancy.
Restore (York) Ltd primarily provides supported accommodation for single men in shared housing. We have some rooms that are unsupported and in the future we will expand our provision to women and families. Rooms are let with an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement. We work with most referring agencies in the City of York and are signed up to the local authority’s Confidentiality Agreement.
We accept referrals from agencies, churches and voluntary organisations only on our Referral Form or the City of York SAP form. Please go to our website to access these by clicking HERE.
Restore (York) Ltd is interested in properties with a long (6 year) lease. Properties should have HMO status (historically used as an HMO, registered as an HMO or planning permission under Article 4). If you have a property that you would like us to consider please contact us.
“The cost of bringing each property into service is about £4,500. The donations from York RLA have each been used to help meet these costs. The earlier donation was used for our first property that is let out exclusively to women. This latest one arrives as we are just starting work on a property in Foxwood that will provide rooms for four men who would otherwise be homeless. Once this property is in service we will be providing supported homes for 26 people in York.” Barrie Stephenson, Chairman