Day-round support for rough sleepers extended

Published: Friday, 02 March 2018

Emergency support for rough sleepers will continue over the weekend while freezing conditions persist.

Northampton Borough Council is supporting the Hope Centre to provide rough sleepers with overnight shelter from 9pm each evening from Friday through Sunday, until 7.45am the following morning.

This is part of the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP), a partnership arrangement  between the Council, the Hope Centre, Midland Heart Housing Association and NAASH to provide a safe, warm place for rough sleepers to spend the night when the temperature is forecast to fall below freezing for at least three consecutive nights.

To access SWEP, people who are homeless will need to meet with a member of the Council’s Street Outreach Team, the Hope Centre or NAASH for assessment. Anyone wishing to use the scheme must arrive at the Hope Centre before 11pm.

Over this weekend (3 & 4 March), the Council is providing a daytime shelter to provide rough sleepers and those who are staying in the Nightshelter or SWEP with protection from the arctic conditions and windchill.  The daytime shelter will operate on Saturday and Sunday, between 8.30am and 9.00pm, in the One-Stop Shop at the Guildhall.

When the weather improves, help will continue to be provided to those people to find homes or other assistance they need.

Please contact the Council’s Street Outreach Team at www.streetlink.org.uk if you know of or see anyone who could benefit from the SWEP scheme.