New Forest Nightstop provides the emergency overnight accommodation for homeless people aged 16+ in the homes of trained and approved host households around the New Forest. New Forest Nightstop was established in 2003 and is a team approach to homelessness. It is a voluntary service managed by Community First New Forest based at Ringwood and is affiliated to the national registered charity, Nightstop UK.
The primary aim of Nightstop is to enable homeless people to access safe, free, emergency accommodation in our host households at the beginning of their homelessness when their need is most acute, then to support them towards a more secure future. The support given by Nightstop improves not only homeless people’s self-esteem but also their life chances, and their outcomes for employment, training, health and housing are much improved.
Nightstop is a unique and integral service in a multi-agency approach to local homelessness and is a vital tool to other local advice agencies. Nightstop is not a permanent solution to homelessness but is temporary emergency accommodation when needed at the point of crisis.