A CITY homeless man left in limbo by the council after refusing to relocate to Birmingham has now been offered emergency accommodation in Worcester.

Ryszard Krawczyk moved back to the city last month and, with no where to live, was allowed to stay for three nights at the YMCA in Henwick Road as part of the city council’s No Second Night Out scheme.

However, after then refusing to accept a place offered to him at a hostel in Birmingham last week, he found himself back out in the cold with no other emergency accommodation available to him.

The 39-year-old had been accepted onto a week long employability course for construction, which started on Monday, and he felt this, as well as his close ties to Worcester, meant he should not have to leave.

The council has no obligation to extend emergency accommodation as part of the scheme beyond the minimum three days, but felt he claims another person he knows has been there for three weeks.

However, after the Worcester News contacted the council last Friday, Mr Krawczyk received a phone call later that day informing him he could remain at the YMCA for another week until tomorrow (October 4).

He said: “They have finally extended my No Second Night Out to Friday. I just have to stay in touch with the housing officer and the CCP [which operates the council’s homeless prevention service].

“With your intervention, you have helped me out big time,” he added.

Mr Krawczyk had bought a tent for £40 from Argos with the intention of living in that for the duration of the course at the YMCA, before he got the call to say he had a bed.

Luckily, he’d kept the receipt and was able to return it to the store in The Shambles.

What’s more, he was then offered a job at an aluminium die castings company in the city which begins today so will not be undertaking the course after all.

Mr Krawczyk said he is unsure of the future after his accommodation extension runs out and is “taking each day as it comes” as he looks for a more permanent home.

A city council spokesman previously said schemes such as NSNO allows recently made homeless people to provide support and short term accommodation to move them off the street ASAP. They said the council works to individual needs but there are times when finding local accommodation “can prove difficult”.