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
- Discovery House (Humankind)
133 Barkerend Road, Bradford BD3 9AU
- Bradford Day Shelter
The Orchard, Salvation Army, 371 Leeds Road, BD3 9NG
- West Yorkshire Police
Police stations in Bradford City Centre (Trafalgar House), Eccleshill, Manningham, Shipley, Keighley and Ilkley
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 in your area
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 help with the cost of living crisis
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.
If you need emergency food
Please note that we are not a food bank: we intercept food and redistribute it to community feeding projects across the Bradford District.
We may be able to provide limited support through the Warm Homes Healthy People service (above), but if you need emergency food your best route is to contact one of the food banks around Bradford and find out about their referral process.
The Bradford Foodbanks website has full details of every foodbank around Bradford and how to refer to them, including meals for those who are homeless.
It 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 social supermarket allows members to access low-cost food for a small weekly membership fee.
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 for individuals 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, please 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.