Release date: 7 December 2018
Each year between October and November in response to a request by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) all councils carry out a national count of rough sleepers in England. They can do this by choosing to conduct a count or an intelligence-based estimate of the number of people sleeping rough on a typical night. This year rural districts in Gloucestershire decided to use the estimate model and complete an intelligence-based estimate of the number of people sleeping rough on a typical night.
The rough sleeper estimate for Cotswold District Council’s took place on the night of Tuesday 13 November. This exercise was carried out in partnership with P3 charity and agencies who may have information on rough sleepers were also invited to take part. The estimate confirmed that there are five rough sleepers who are known to both the support agencies and the Council.
Cllr Stephen Hirst cabinet member for housing at Cotswold District Council said,
“CDC works closely with the outreach team throughout the year to provide solutions for rough sleepers,but we recognise that there are occasions when this is not always achievable. However on 3 December the Cabinet approved a proposal to refurbish a 7 bedroom property in Cirencester to provide emergency accommodation for homeless people. This will provide safe accommodation and allow the Housing Team to work more closely with individuals, assisting them to find more suitable settled accommodation.”
Schemes available to assist rough sleepers include the work of ACTion Glos which is a service provided by P3 in partnership with the Addiction Recovery Agency. This service is funded by ‘social impact bond’ funding made available by central Government as part of their 2016 Homelessness Prevention Programme and supports 126 individuals across Gloucestershire who are homeless, have multiple complex needs and face overlapping barriers to accessing and staying in accommodation. Since the service started, 88 individuals have been assisted into accommodation.
To refer anyone who might be homeless to the local rough sleeping outreach team provided by P3, please contact Streetlink via the app, www.streetlink.org.uk(opens in a new window) or call 0300 500 0914. Streetlink is a phone and web based service available to the public to enable them to alert Local Authorities about rough sleepers in their area. It is the first step someone can take to ensure rough sleepers are connected to local services and the support available to them.
Residents who have become homeless or are at risk of being made homeless can also get advice and support from Cotswold District Council’s Housing Options team on 01285 623000 or call 01452 614194 (out of office hours) or email at email@example.com
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