Early Intervention & Prevention Team
The Early Intervention and Prevention (EIP) Team are part of The Salvation Army's Homelessness Services, which operates in the centre of York. The service operates Monday to Friday from the office, and offers an out of hours call-out service at other times. The Drop-in service operates Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 12:00pm.
Potential clients are made aware of the services available initially from the Prevention Team, whilst conducting early morning street walks or from other homelessness services. On arrival at the Drop in Centre, clients complete an initial assessment. This is client-led and identifies actions which can be taken immediately, including accommodation and any health needs.
The service plays an integral part in the City of York scheme 'No Second Night Out' (NOSNO), which has now gone live. The EIP team are the NOSNO lead for all clients over 18 years of age, who present at the service. The EIP is the only service can refer into the Howe Hill scheme, which is a service for 18-21 year olds.
The EIP team work with the hospital social work teams to ensure clients are not discharged to no fixed abode. A member of the team assesses the client before release, to ensure the most appropriate accommodation is in place. The team continues to send monthly, quarterly, six monthly and annual statistical data to the local Homelessness team, and provide reports following all street walks. The service has continued to fulfil the requirement to undertake one street walk per week to identify rough sleepers. The team have also been awarded an additional 12 month contract to provide 'out of hours' support to homeless people in crisis. This is a call-out service and covers weekends and bank holidays.
In April 2013, the service gave out 29 food parcels to referred clients. In Quarter 4 of 2013, the service assisted 117 clients via its Drop-in and 390 clients through their emergency accommodation work. The service also provided 18 travel warrants to enable clients to return to their locality. The EIP service has a high profile within York, and has an active presence on all housing-related panels, and engages with the police, British Transport Police, probation and community groups. The service also takes the lead role in the York Citadel group, which identifies clients who are vulnerable.