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Helping rough sleepers off the streets this winter

19 December 2019

With winter upon us and temperatures set to plummet, support is in place to help rough sleepers off the streets.

The Brent outreach team, provided by the charity St Mungo’s, will continue shifts over the festive period, supporting rough sleepers into sheltered accommodation.

Thames Reach’s Rapid Response team will also be searching for Street Link referrals made by residents who spot someone sleeping on the street. If you see a person sleeping rough during the festive period, please let Street Link know by phoning 0300 500 0914 or by visiting www.streetlink.org.uk or by downloading the Street Link app onto your phone.

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: “Our aim is to eradicate rough sleeping altogether, and these services are there to support people with nowhere else to go. We can help rough sleepers off the streets and into warm, supportive environments.”

The charity, Crisis at Christmas, is offering rough sleepers in Brent warm shelter, hot food and company over the Christmas week.

In the New Year, Brent’s Multi Faith Group, supported by the council, will be opening the Shelter of Sanctuary, which will accommodate up to 15 guests a night at community venues around the borough. 

All services, charities and organisations that work with the council and Brent’s street population will be open during the festive period as well as all year round.