Cold weather provision for rough sleepers now open

By on 26/11/2010 in News, Winter Alerts

Birmingham City Council opened its cold weather provision on Tuesday at the Salvation Army, William Booth Centre, providing shelter and food to rough sleepers from Birmingham as temperatures look set to drop below 0 degrees.

The facility, which is funded by the council, opens in winter from 10pm until 9am, when temperatures drop particularly low (0 degrees or below).

It provides rough sleepers in Birmingham with somewhere to rest for the night, light refreshments on arrival, as well as a hot breakfast in the morning.

Duty staff provide additional cover and are available to carry out risk and needs assessments of rough sleepers, look at temporary and permanent accommodation options and signpost rough sleepers agencies where appropriate.

Councillor John Lines said, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “With the days getting colder and colder, this facility will ensure rough sleepers in Birmingham have a roof over their heads and a hot breakfast to make their lives that little bit easier during this cold spell.”

Birmingham rough sleeping services are currently provided via a partnership between voluntary and statutory agencies, a model that has proved to be extremely effective. In 2009/10 the council helped to prevent homelessness for 1202 households in Birmingham.

The council has significantly reduced the number of rough sleepers with ongoing work between partners and maintains a sustained focus on this issue. This includes work to address move on issues from hostels to free up bed spaces for those in acute need.

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Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

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