Members of the public who see people sleeping on the streets often want to help but don’t know what to do. Rough sleepers can now be referred safely and quckly through the StreetLink service.
Rough sleepers in Basildon are being offered help to get a roof over their heads thanks to a partnership between Basildon Council and a leading homelessness charity.
As part of its commitment to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping, Basildon Council is working in partnership with homelessness charity St Mungos to deliver an outreach service to rough sleepers. The service, which is part-funded by the council, works by providing rough sleepers with essential services and supporting them into safe, secure and affordable accommodation.
Basildon and Brentwood CCG is helping to promote the scheme.
By calling the national 24 hour rough sleeping referral line StreetLink on 0300 500 0914 or going online at www.streetlink.org.uk, anyone concerned about people sleeping rough can make referrals which experienced outreach workers follow up on their shifts. Shifts are undertaken either early in the morning or late at night and are focussed around known rough sleeping hotspots.
There is also a Streetlink App available from iTunes or Google play.
Date: 19 January 2017