Reaching out to rough sleepers in Brent over Christmas

20 December 2017

Plummeting temperatures over the festive season will leave rough sleepers at greater risk than the rest of the year.

 

Brent Council counted 29 homeless people sleeping on the streets in November 2017. In the same month, a study by the housing charity Shelter revealed that 307,000, or one in every 200, people are either sleeping rough or in temporary accommodation across Britain.

 

The freezing weather over Christmas threatens rough sleepers with life threatening conditions, such as exposure and hypothermia.

 

Street Link is a charity that aims to offer everyone the means to act when they see someone sleeping rough. The Street Link team will ensure the person sleeping rough is connected up with the services, accommodation and support available in their local area to help them away from the streets as quickly as possible. If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough, send an alert to StreetLink by visiting www.streetlink.org.uk , via the mobile app, available for Apple and Android devices, or by calling 0300 500 0914.

 

Cllr Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said: "Brent Council is extremely concerned about the current number of people who are without a home, as well as the rise in the number of residents threatened with becoming homeless. We recently launched a campaign called Show Homelessness The Door in order to help residents in these situations either find, or keep, their home. It's vital that people are given help and support now, before it becomes an issue that can be extremely difficult for people to escape from."

 

Find out more about Brent's Show Homelessness The Door campaign here: https://www.brent.gov.uk/homelessness