During this period of crisis the Council has been working to ensure that rough sleepers are taken off the streets and out of the Waltham Forest night shelter and secured safe, self-contained accommodation for them, including some hotel rooms.
For homelessness issues please contact
- 020 8496 3000
- or Housing.firstname.lastname@example.org
Our dedicated outreach team continue to work hard during the COVID-19 outbreak to reach any more rough sleepers in Waltham Forest and make the offer of help.
If residents are concerned about a person they think may be sleeping rough in their neighbourhood, please use the Tell Streetlink smartphone app to connect them with support services.
We run a public facing awareness campaign from November to February. The number of people sleeping on our streets is increasing. During the winter months rough
sleepers will face additional health risks.
The average life expectancy of someone sleeping rough is currently only 47 years.
What support is there for rough sleepers in Waltham Forest?
We work all year round to get rough sleepers off the streets and into secure accommodation.
We have a commissioned an outreach team who work 365 days of the year to seek out rough sleepers and offer them support and emergency accommodation.
In Waltham Forest there are a number of agencies and accommodation providers offering advice, support and shelter to get rough sleepers off the streets.
- a dedicated outreach team who will receive referrals via StreetLink
- a 15 bed short term assessment project for rough sleepers
- Single Homeless Housing & Support Hub
- Forest Churches Emergency Winter Night Shelters (FCENS)
- During this Covid-19 crisis we have closed the night shelters as it was not possible for people using the shelters to self-isolate safely
What happens during cold weather?
There is a Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) in Waltham Forest. It comes into force during periods of severe weather (0°c or below). It provides emergency shelter to all rough sleepers.