Help council chiefs come to aid of those sleeping rough - The Worcester Observer

Help council chiefs come to aid of those sleeping rough

Worcester Editorial 4th Jan, 2021   0

COUNCIL chiefs have asked city residents to let them know if they spot anyone sleeping rough on the city’s streets.

The City Council has been working with charities and health organisations to help rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness during the Covid-19 pandemic. Worcester City Council helped 98 people to find emergency accommodation, with 42 of them having now moved on to a settled home.

Across Worcestershire, local councils have worked together to help more than 150 people, but a few people have chosen not to take the assistance offered. Local authority teams and outreach services are continuing to work with these people to keep them safe.

Many of those who turned to the Council for help have been able to find long-term housing solutions. This has included securing homes in the private rented sector and working with local housing associations to provide housing and support.

Anyone who does spot a rough sleeper is urged to tell the Streetlink service at or by calling 0300 500 0914.

Streetlink help by passing through the details to the council or to an outreach service that will find the individual and contact them to offer support. They will also check to see if they are already getting help.


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