An emergency coalition of homelessness services in Westminster will provide extended provision to rough sleepers in the borough day and night to prevent people from sleeping rough in the extreme conditions.
Collectively The Connection at St Martin’s, The Passage Day Centre and West London Mission will be operating services 24/7 with additional street outreach shifts to reach people on the streets, and encourage everyone into the warmth and safety of an emergency night centre.
The number of beds available will be more than double the normal cold weather provision to meet extra demand. A control centre has been established at The Connection to help co-ordinate services in Westminster. This extended provision will last until Monday, 5th March.
Sleeping rough is dangerous all year round but when the temperature drops below zero, prolonged exposure to the cold increases the risk of death to people without a roof over their heads.
The priority for homelessness services in Westminster is for rough sleepers to access shelter and minimise any danger from sleeping out in the cold.
If you are concerned about a rough sleeper please contact StreetLink. StreetLink coorindates referrals to ensure relevant support services are connected with rough sleepers quickly. You can download the app or call 0300 500 0914
Councillor Rachael Robathan, Westminster Council Cabinet Member for Housing, said:
“With extreme weather forecast over the coming days we are significantly expanding our regular cold weather support for rough sleepers. We are providing 165 additional beds, along with 24-hour support services. It is vital that we provide enough support to keep every rough sleeper safe when the weather poses such a high risk.
“We now have 7 teams of outreach workers going across Westminster late into the night to find every person sleeping rough in the cold, and working hard to persuade them to accept a warm bed. If you are concerned about a person on the street please tell us via Streetlink”
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