Tyne Housing’s Rough Sleeper Accommodation Project (RSAP)

Our Rough Sleeper Accommodation project is run in partnership with Newcastle City Council. It provides 16 self-contained, fully furnished flats to residents who feel ready to move on from crisis accommodation and would like to live in their own home, whilst still accessing intensive floating support from specialist housing & support workers.

RSAP Housing & Support

All properties will be located in Newcastle Upon Tyne and be self-contained individual flats. All residents moving into an RSAP property will be provided with a short-term tenancy (up to a maximum of three years) and allocated a dedicated Rapid Rehousing Worker, employed by Tyne Housing, who will work together with the resident in supporting them towards living independently. The eventual aim of the scheme is to support every resident to successfully move on within three years to their own independent home.


The programme has been designed specifically for single homeless people who have a local connection to the city and are currently residing in one of Newcastle City Council’s commissioned crisis accommodation; Byker Bridge House, Cedar House, Wavelength Hostel or Virginia House. To apply to be part of the programme residents must; 

  • Be facing significant difficulties in accessing independent accommodation through traditional routes, for example due to their criminal convictions, addictions, debt, and/or mental ill health.

Additionally, to be considered for a tenancy applicants will need to demonstrate: 

  • Motivation to address any additional needs they may have to enable them to live independently and sustain their own accommodation.

Referrals to the RSAP Scheme

If you are currently supporting a resident who is interested and meets the eligibility criteria detailed above, please make a referral via Newcastle City Council’s Gateway database and complete a new ‘Needs Assessment Form’ for your resident.

Please note, under the accommodation tab in the needs assessment form detail, you must select ‘Dispersed housing visiting staff’ as the type of accommodation your client requires and select ‘6-9 hours per week’ as the level of support required.

All referrals completed on the Gateway are received in the first instance by Newcastle City Council’s Active Inclusion staff who will decide if the referral may be approved for RSAP before forwarding it to Tyne Housing’s Rapid Rehousing team. If the assessment is approved, the Active Inclusion Team will forward the referral to Tyne Housing Association’s Rapid Rehousing team who will determine if the client can be accepted onto the RSAP programme. The Rapid Rehousing team will contact the referring agency with their decision and to discuss the next steps. To ensure Active Inclusion know that you want to refer to the RSAP programme, when selecting the type of accommodation on the front of the Gateway needs assessment form please write ‘Tyne Housing RSAP’ in the free text box

Find out more & Get in touch

If you have any queries regarding the RSAP programme, please contact Lucas Riley, Rapid Rehousing Coordinator for Tyne Housing.

E: lucas.riley@tynegroup.org.uk

T: (0191) 2658621