Due to the recent cold weather, Hammersmith & Fulham Council has activated its Severe Weather Emergency Plan (SWEP).
This means emergency shelter is now available to anyone sleeping rough. The cold snap means H&F has also increased its outreach visits with local homeless charity St Mungo’s.
Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, said: “No one needs to sleep outdoors in this very cold weather and we’re doing everything we can to keep people safe.”
“If you’re worried about a rough sleeper, please download the Streetlink mobile app and let us know immediately.”
Download the StreetLink app
End to rough sleeping
We’re determined to end rough sleeping in H&F. And you can help us change lives with a new easy-to-use mobile phone app.
If you are concerned about someone who you think is sleeping rough, you can log their location using the app from StreetLink.
The information is passed to an H&F Council-funded outreach team – run by charity St Mungo’s – who will then know how to find them.
A small amount of effort can make a massive difference.
In the time it takes to send a tweet or a Facebook update, you could change somebody’s life.
Each time a member of the public logs their concerns for someone, it helps paint a picture of the support that’s needed in the area. This data can then be used in important ways, such as helping support workers focus their efforts on areas where they may be needed most, and enabling charities to get a better chance of securing funding.
StreetLink was set up by charities Homeless Link and St Mungo’s. It logs concerns from all over the country and then feeds it back to the people who can help them.
Ask the experts: how prevention is essential
Outreach is a key part of our work implementing the recommendations of the H&F Rough Sleeping Commission.
The commission was run by six homelessness experts, led by Jon Sparkes the chief executive of Crisis. They highlighted how prevention, and a fast response to help rough sleepers off the street as soon as possible was vital. You can read about their recommendations here, H&F work with experts to end rough sleeping once and for all.
Cold weather response
Want to read more news stories like this? Subscribe to our weekly e-news bulletin.