North East Regional Homelessness Group

Please note that NERHG is a third party partner and not part of Youth Homeless North East

The North East Regional Homelessness Group (NERHG) consists of representatives from all 12 local authorities, regional representatives of the national partner agencies working with DCLG on tackling single homelessness (Shelter, Crisis and Homeless Link), Clinks, Northern Rock Foundation, and representatives from other sectors such as the prisons.

The Group has been meeting since 2011, initially to discuss the use of funding from CLG for addressing rough sleeping. A number of Task and Finish Groups have explored ways of working, initiated research, and commissioned pieces of work.

The list below shows the work that has been carried out since 2011 under the auspices of NERHG:

  • Research on a whole market approach to preventing homelessness, carried out by Suzanne Fitzpatrick and others, Heriot-Watt and Northumbria Universities  2011 Report , 2011 Summary . A follow-up report was produced in December 2013 – see presentation, full report and summary report
  • Development of a Through the Gate Plus Service to help offenders most at risk of homelessness and rough sleeping on leaving prison to find and sustain their home, and to help people going into prison for short sentences to keep their homes. The service is now provided in all NE prisons, complementing the Shelter housing advice provision working with all prisoners needing help with housing issues. RHG has also commissioned a longitudinal evaluation of the Through the Gate Plus service.
  • Research on identifying ways to address the needs of people staying in private hostels and Bed and Breakfast in a number of North East towns
  • Research on developing Social Lettings Agencies in the North East.
  • Training on welfare benefit changes for staff in supported housing.
  • Developing a No Second Night Out Standard for the North East, now signed up to by politicians in each council.
  • Developing a range of measures to implement NSNO across the region, to make sure that anyone new to the streets does not have to spend a second night out, and to agree how people who move across the region will be helped to find accommodation. This includes publicity materials developed regionally but personalised for each council area (see example here No Second Night Out), and a database recording all rough sleeper notifications and outcomes for each person, and events about NSNO.
  • Events aimed at finding solutions to help entrenched rough sleepers to come in off the streets and to sustain those solutions, including seminars about the Psychologically Informed Environments approach, personalisation, and tackling problems for people with dual diagnosis.
  • Commissioning pilot multiple needs services in 4 areas, providing personalisation funds for some of the Homelessness Transition Fund schemes, and commissioning evaluations of the HTF and multiple needs schemes.
  • Funding a pilot Adult Nightstop scheme across all 12 local authority areas in the North East
  • Funding an Outreach and Engagement Service for rough sleepers and people at risk of sleeping rough in North and South Tyneside
  • Running a number of Action Learning Sets about Psychologically Informed Environments
  • Assessing bids for the DCLG Fair Chance Fund to tackle homelessness amongst under-25s
  • Carrying out a Homeless Health Needs Audit across all 12 local authority areas in the North East
  • Piloting data collection about the scale of single non-priority homelessness across the North East
  • Supporting a peer review of homelessness services in 4 authorities in the Tees Valley area
  • Carrying out training on homelessness at local Universities for people training to work in mental health services
  • Exploring how pre-tenancy training schemes can be broadened across more housing organisations in the North East
  • Investigating how to encourage more shared housing schemes
  • Supporting work with the faith sector to tackle and prevent homelessness
  • Establishing a common date across the region for rough sleeping counts and estimates
  • Sharing good practice and evidence


In 2015 we completed a Homeless Health Needs Audit for all 12 Local Authorities. See below for the main report and indicators.

Homeless Health Needs Audit 2015 – Main Report

Local Authority Indicators

Individual reports can be accessed on the Local Authorities page here.


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