Mayor hits the streets to support homeless

Elected Mayor Peter Davies joined his council staff on a walkabout to help people living on the streets.

MrDavies hit the streets last week with the Doncaster Council’s housing team and partner agencies to search for anyone sleeping rough and to offer them assistance.

They found just two people on the borough’s streets, a 60 per cent drop on the last rough sleeper count in 2009 which found five people living homeless.

MrDavies said: “We had a fantastic turn out last night with staff from St Leger Homes, South Yorkshire Police, Framework, Doncaster Housing for Young People and M25 supporting our own employees.

“I am delighted to see that 53 workers and residents turned out to show their concern, this shows our commitment in Doncaster to the plight of the homeless.

”The fact that the numbers identified are small should not blind us to the reality of the situation where at least 60 people have been identified as being homeless in Doncaster.

“Clearly there is a need for the good work to continue.”

Ray Mullis, cabinet member for housing, added: “In recent years our housing options team have made big changes to the way they work to make sure homeless people get the help and advice they need when they come through our door. We have also improved they way we work with partners, including housing associations and homelessness charities.”