Concerned about homelessness?
Issued on behalf of the Gloucestershire Strategic Housing Partnership.
Today, Sunday 10 October, marks World Homeless day. Partners across Gloucestershire are working together to ensure those at risk of homelessness or are sleeping rough, get the support they need.
In Gloucestershire, all six local Councils, the County Council, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and NHS Clinical Commissioning Group work together through the countywide Housing Partnership to ensure that everyone in the county has access to a warm and stable home.
As winter approaches, the Partnership is focused on preventing homelessness and ensuring those who do become homeless, have access to the right support as soon as they need it.
Ruth Saunders, Chair of the countywide Partnership said: “if you are worried about losing your home in the coming months, we urge you to get in contact with your local council at the earliest opportunity so they can offer advice and support to prevent you becoming homeless.”
In recent years, in addition to preventing homelessness, a major focus of the Gloucestershire Partnership has been working to help rough sleepers in the county. Through the pandemic, local Councils ensured that everyone at risk of sleeping on the streets was provided with accommodation as part of “Everyone In”. Since then, the Partnership has been able to provide an additional 59 homes across Gloucestershire to support those accommodated during ‘Everyone In’ to live independently in their own homes, with 30 more expected to be available for those at risk of rough sleeping in the coming months. Those accommodated through these programmes also receive individual, one-to-one support to help them recover from homelessness and pursue their personal goals.
The Partnership is stepping up efforts to identify and support those who are sleeping on the streets but are asking local residents to help by referring those they see sleeping rough, to Streetlink.
Ruth said: “No one should have to sleep on the streets and it can be particularly dangerous in cold weather. It is really important we get people the support they need as soon as possible.
“If you spot someone sleeping outside, I would encourage you to help them reach local services by using Street Link to make a referral.
“Street Link referrals can be made online, via an app or on the phone and are sent directly to the county’s outreach service who can find rough sleepers and support them to access help and accommodation.”
A range of support is available in Gloucestershire including Somewhere Safe to Stay Hubs; dedicated support to help address medical care issues including mental health, addiction, and other issues which can be made worse by rough sleeping; and dedicated nurses in the Homeless Healthcare Team and Gloucestershire Hospitals.
More information about these services and how local councils can support those at risk of homelessness can be found on each local council’s website.
You can contact Streetlink by visiting www.streetlink.org.uk, downloading the Streetlink app by searching ‘StreetLink’ from Apple iTunes or Google Play store or by calling 0300 500 0914.