LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND. Outreach team speak to rough sleepers and homeless people in Liverpool city centre. Picture: Jennifer Bruce/Liverpool City Council.
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Rough sleeper services ready for winter
teams in Liverpool are encouraging people sleeping rough on the city’s streets
to come inside this winter.
City council-funded workers are speaking to people
on the streets, assessing their needs and offering support.
temperatures falling to freezing, the teams are urging anyone on the streets to
come inside and take advantage of the services available. This includes the use
of the Labre House rough sleeper hub.
Labre House, which was instigated by the Mayor of Liverpool, is open every day
of the year and provides safety, warmth and food. It also acts as the first
port of call to a range of services including medical help, financial advice
and support with drug and alcohol issues.
Latest monthly figures for Labre House show that in
people stayed for at least one night
The average number of people using the centre
each night was 85
Outreach workers came into contact with 97
people sleeping rough in the city centre. An increase of three on previous
The team encouraged 74 rough sleepers to come
inside and accept help
Of these, 44 were supported into new
accommodation or back to their accommodation
A further six were directed to Labre House.
Others returned to their families or found their own solution.
The city council and its partners also organised a
mini-count to determine how many people are sleeping rough in the city centre
on a given night.
team identified 24 people sleeping on the streets, with a further five people
found sleeping in tents. Of the 24, six already had accommodation and are now
being supported to return to it and a further seven have been encouraged
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “As we enter the coldest time of the year, the council and its partners are making sure there is a place to stay for everyone who needs it.”
“If anyone needs help, it’s important that they
know that they are not alone. We have a range of services to support
anyone who may be facing homelessness and help around 6,000 families a year.
People can get in touch before it reaches the stage where they have nowhere to
“The council’s resources are more stretched than
ever and we continue to look at the long-term solutions for people who are
sleeping rough by finding them permanent accommodation. There is no need for anyone to sleep on the streets of
Liverpool and there is always help available.”
David Carter, who is chief executive of The
Whitechapel Centre, which co-ordinates the outreach teams, said: “Our services
are working around the clock to ensure we find the right accommodation and
support for every homeless person. The number of people using Labre House
each night are high, as are the number of people sleeping rough, but we won’t
give up. Even if a person isn’t ready to come indoors, we will continue
to offer help and support daily and try to find a different solution or
approach that will work for them.”
Each year, Liverpool City Council invests £11m in supporting people who are at risk of homelessness or rough sleeping. This is despite having to find savings of £57.6m between now and April 2021.
The Rector of Liverpool, Canon Dr Crispin Pailing, who has been at the forefront of addressing rough sleeping in the city and instrumental in establishing the recent Homeless Business Charter, said, “We need to bring an end to rough sleeping in our city. Over the last few months we have been working with the voluntary, charitable and private sectors to look at how we can all support the local authorities in tackling homelessness. We all bear responsibility for the issue, from reporting rough sleeping when we see it, through to committing financial and practical support to help those who feel excluded from society.”
Anyone with concerns about someone facing homelessness or sleeping rough in Liverpool, call the Always Room Inside helpline: 0300 123 2041.