Other organisations that can help
Advice and information from Castlegate, the Housing Options Team at the Customer Centre and the Youth Homeless Workers – see here for details of these organisations.
There is a Foodbank in York that can help with groceries if you are struggling financially. See here for more information.
Carecent – provide a free breakfast, befriending, signposting and advice service. They also have a clothes store. Open Mon – Sat: 8.30–11.00am (last food 10.45am), including bank holidays (and Christmas Day, by invitation). Carecent is behind and to the left of the Central Methodist Church on St. Saviourgate.
Peasholme Centre offers support to people who are struggling to manage in their own place. For example they offer tenancy workshops, money management sessions etc. Ask to be referred by your support worker if you have one, or by Castlegate or Salvation Army.
If you need help from a housing solicitor, for example because you are being taken to court or threatened with eviction, or because you want to challenge a decision made by the Council, contact Pheby and Co. Solicitors or Keyhouse. If you are on benefits or a low income, you may be entitled to free advice under the Legal Aid scheme.
Shelter’s website has information about your rights at shelter.org.uk. They also run an advice line for housing problems.
Advisory Service for Squatters offer phone and online advice. squatter.org.uk has legal as well as practical advice. Squatting in residential property is a criminal offence. Squatting in unoccupied non-residential property continues to be a civil offence rather than criminal one.
Salvation Army EIPT work with people who are homeless or facing homelessness. They may be able to sort out emergency hostel accommodation or longer term hostel accommodation with resettlement support. Salvation Army can sometimes provide emergency travel warrants to access accommodation elsewhere – I.D and proof of need is required. They run a drop-in advice service.
If you are homeless and from outside York
If you don’t come from York and don’t have a local connection such as work, family, etc. (get advice if you are not sure) it is likely that you will be assisted to return to your area, though no one can make you go back. Organisations in York will still help you, but what they can offer will be limited. Ask for advice if you are fleeing violence, as you may not need a local connection.