The Lodge The Lodge opened in 2013 to provide short term transitional housing for those who have nowhere to go. Referrals are welcomed from Local Authority Housing Officers, the Probation Service, Hospital Discharge Teams, Social Services, etc. People can also self-refer. The Lodge has 13 rooms most of which have en suites. Facilities are also available for making light snacks, tea and coffee etc. On arrival at the Lodge guests are made to feel welcome, respected and made to feel at ease. Any concerns guests have will be discussed and reassurance given that the Lodge is a warm safe place with staff available 24/7 to support them if needed. The service is committed to: Provide high quality accommodation, staffed 24/7, tailored specifically to the needs of a medium to high need client group. This client group are frequently excluded from other venues by their chaotic lifestyles. Provide a stable environment for clients to make positive life choices Be part of a network of services to enable clients to work their way through homelessness, and into independent living Increase the Housing options for homeless people/people at risk of homelessness within the Borough of Darlington. We believe in the local No First Night Out principle: No one at risk of rough sleeping should spend even one night out No one should make their home on the streets No one should return to the streets once they have been helped off of them, and Ultimately no one should arrive on the streets.