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If you are currently rough sleeping in Bradford

If you are currently rough sleeping in Bradford, your best options are to visit one of the following organisations, who can make referrals to our Winter Shelter and enable you to access other support:

  • Housing Options
    Britannia House, 29 Bridge Street, Bradford BD1 1HX
    01274 435999
  • Discovery House (Humankind)
    133 Barkerend Road, Bradford BD3 9AU
    01274 309165
  • Bradford Day Shelter
    The Orchard, Salvation Army, 371 Leeds Road, BD3 9NG
    01274 397211
  • West Yorkshire Police
    Police stations in Bradford City Centre (Trafalgar House), Eccleshill, Manningham, Shipley, Keighley and Ilkley
    Telephone 101

Street Support also have online support, advice and resources if you are currently rough sleeping.

The Bradford Foodbanks website has information about where to find free meal provision throughout the week.

Our Winter Shelter operates for four months over the winter, but we may be able to assist all year round. If you are street homeless in Bradford you must first have an assessment with one of our referral agencies as our accommodation can only be accessed through a referral from an agency.

Bradford operates a ‘no second night out’ policy (run by Humankind / Discovery House), as well as cold weather provision (where bed spaces are made available when the temperature drops below freezing).

If you are concerned about a rough sleeper

If you have concerns about somebody sleeping rough, either direct them to one of the locations above, or contact us and we’ll do our best to help, or refer on.

Referrals to our Winter Shelter are made by a small group of referral agencies. Please note that referrals will only be accepted from current referral agencies, submitted online with a valid referral agency reference number, and they must contact us before making the referral to check availability.

Street Support also have online support, advice and resources if you are concerned about a rough sleeper or would like to support those sleeping rough.

If you need financial or benefits help

The Cost of Living Bradford website has comprehensive information on all aspects of support with the cost of living crisis, including food and housing support, energy and bills, health and wellbeing and much more.

Our free benefits checker will help you to find out if you’re claiming all of the benefits you are entitled to.

If you need food

If you need an emergency food parcel, the Find Food in Bradford website has full details of every foodbank around Bradford and how to refer to them, as well as details of where you can get free hot meals.

The site also includes details of a growing number of low-cast markets, pop-up pantries and social supermarkets where you can get subsidised or discounted food for a low weekly membership fee or pay-as-you-feel.

Our Shaw House social supermarket allows members to access low-cost food for a small weekly membership fee, with other member benefits including saving into a Credit Union account at no extra cost.

If you need support or advice on keeping yourself and your home warm

Warm Homes Healthy People is a free service which provides emergency support (bedding and food parcels), ongoing energy efficiency advice and improvements and help with debt or benefits checks. To make a referral (for yourself or somebody else), please visit the Warm Homes Healthy People referral site. Please ensure you have permission from the individual you are referring (if not yourself).

Support moving off the streets (by referral)

Please note that we only accept referrals from organisations who have registered to make referrals to us. If in doubt, please contact us.

Our Starter Pack service supports people moving from hostels or the streets into their own accommodation, providing bedding and essential household items to get them on their feet.

We can also sometimes support people with crowd-funded donations toward larger household items (eg. white goods, curtains, carpets) up to a value of £150 through the Acts435 programme.

For both of these services, referral agencies can use our online referral form.

If you know of somebody who could benefit from these services but you are not connected with a referral organisation, please contact us and we’ll point you in the direction of the most appropriate agency.