Council ensures safe and secure places for rough sleepers
For the borough’s most vulnerable people, those known to be rough sleeping in the community, the council has ensured safe and secure places are offered or available alongside the continued support of the outreach team and other services and charities within the Basingstoke and Deane Social Inclusion Partnership.
The Social Inclusion Partnership brings together public services, commissioned housing providers, voluntary and faith-based groups and many more with a shared aim to combat homelessness and rough sleeping in the borough. Working together with partner organisations including May Place, the Camrose Centre, Julian House outreach, medical services and citizens advice, the council is ensuring support continues for those most in need during these challenging times.
Cabinet Member for Homes and Families Cllr Tristan Robinson said: “Protecting and supporting our most vulnerable residents is a key priority for the council but clearly even more important following the outbreak of COVID-19. As a council we are doing all we can to get people off the streets and into safe and secure places where possible, reducing the risk of the spread of the virus. I would like to extend my thanks to all our partners and accommodation providers at this time for the valuable part they have played in this joint effort and ensuring they remain able to offer support while protecting our key workers and valuable volunteers. This is a time to support each other but also to keep each other safe.”
People who are concerned that a person may be rough sleeping are asked to contact Streetlink by calling 0300 500 0914 or visiting www.streetlink.org.uk