We are running 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)
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.