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H&F helps people sleeping rough get back on their feet during pandemic

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Image captionImage 1: Mo (pictured), who was found rough sleeping by the St Mungo’s outreach team in Fulham in May 2020

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has not let the pandemic stop its fight to end rough sleeping in the borough.

After becoming the first local authority to announce our plans to eliminate homelessness and rough sleeping in 2018, we now have one of the lowest number of rough sleepers in London.

The latest figures revealed H&F had four rough sleepers in the borough out of the 714 people estimated to be sleeping rough across London on a single night in autumn 2020.

“We are determined to end rough sleeping in the borough,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

“We have made great progress but we still have work to do to ensure everyone has a roof over their head in H&F. No one should have to sleep on the street in 21st century Britain.”

Back on track

One of the local residents to have got their life back on track thanks to the work of the council and its partners is Mo, who was found rough sleeping by the St Mungo’s outreach team in Fulham in May 2020.

The 23-year-old became suicidal after being forced to leave his home by his father’s new wife.

“I was given the opportunity to move to the Rough Sleepers Assessment Hub in H&F. They helped me focus and put my life back on track,” said Mo.

“I now have my own flat, have enrolled back to university, working part-time, receiving counselling and better still I got engaged!”

Mo is currently doing a degree in electronic engineering and working part-time for UberEats.

Covid response

Working together with St Mungo’s and Beam, we have so far offered more than 370 single rough sleepers or people at risk emergency accommodation during the Covid crisis.

We have helped over 100 people move into their own home, more than 50 move into supported housing and more than 80 people, after some help and emergency accommodation, were then able to make their own arrangements.

H&F Council was the first local authority in Britain to partner with Beam, working with the social enterprise to secure stable employment and long-term homes for those in need.

Read more about H&F's partnership with Beam here.

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Image caption: Image 2: interior photograph of 'The Hub'

New emergency service hub

We also recently opened a new emergency assessment hub in Shepherds Bush for rough sleepers in the borough.

It was one of the recommendations the independent Rough Sleeping Commission gave the council to help us achieve our goal of ending rough sleeping in H&F.

‘The Hub’ consists of private rooms as well as bathroom and kitchen facilities. St Mungo’s staff are also available on site to assess each person’s needs and to support people to access stable accommodation, health and other welfare services they need.

Find out more about the Rough Sleeping Commission.

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