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Extra funds awarded to Solo Housing to help target single people who are rough sleeping in the winter monthsNew Blog Post

By Fiona Carling on 18.12.19

Solo Housing is delighted to have been awarded some extra funds for the months of December 2019 to March 2020; to help to provide a targeted service for people who may be sleeping rough this winter in the rural areas of South Norfolk and Breckland.

The funds have been awarded to Solo Housing by Homeless Link, as part of their Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government Cold Weather Grant funding programme.

Solo Housing will be working in collaboration with wider Rough Sleeper projects delivered by Breckland & South Norfolk authorities & has employed a temporary peripatetic support worker to provide outreach and practical assistance to those sleeping out in the cold weather. The Support Worker can also provide practical help and assistance for those at high risk of ending up on the streets this winter. Wider training for Solo Housing staff on working with people who may have complex needs will also provide a legacy of expertise beyond the life of the project

Support will be both befriending and keeping in contact with anyone located as rough sleeping, gaining their trust & linking people to wider services, as well as working with the authorities to access accommodation or local authority severe weather provision (when the temperatures have dropped).

Practical support will also be provided such as transport to access accommodation, other services, help with pets, or help to access to laundry and food provision where necessary.Winter Rough sleeper 2

The service will work in a coordinated way with wider local authority provision & will be provided for both males and females in the districts

Where temperatures are likely to drop below zero local authorities provide Severe Weather Emergency Provision – you can find out more about this provision by contacting your local authority homelessness service. Members of the public can also notify Streetlink by calling 0300 5000 914 if they see someone sleeping rough

Quote from Carolyn Howell MBE – CEO Solo Housing ‘we are delighted to have the opportunity to provide this extra support during the colder months. Many people sleeping rough in rural areas are hidden from view in tents, cars or outbuildings. We are often contacted by concerned members of the public, church or other community groups about someone they have seen sleeping outside. As the temperatures drop, we are keen to try and engage with those sleeping rough & act as a link to our wider services or those provided by the local authority or other agencies. We will also be able to provide practical assistance. The funding will allow us to intervene at a practical and human level this winter. Sadly, last year nationally 726 homeless people died, we want to avoid this happening in our local area as the winter temperatures start to bite. If anyone is aware of someone living outside, please do get in touch with us with any details you may have. We know that not all those sleeping rough want to engage with statutory authorities – we hope to be the link to help them start that process’

If you know of anyone you think may need help in South Norfolk and Breckland areas please contact Solo Housing tel: 01379 640250 or email info@solohousing.org.uk

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