Accommodation For Rough Sleepers in Freezing Conditions

News Article

08/01/2010

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Rough sleepers facing freezing conditions in Reading are being offered support and accommodation from the Council in partnership with organisations in the town.

St Mungo’s is the street outreach team commissioned by Reading Borough Council to work with rough sleepers in the borough.
The team’s support workers have been out in the town over the last few days to see what support they can give to people living on the streets. Every single person found sleeping rough has been offered accommodation at one of Reading’s hostels.

Some people have chosen not to accept offers of help however and instead chose to sleep rough, despite advice to the contrary.

St Mungo’s has found some rough sleepers, particularly around the town centre and Central Library, are stopping members of the public and telling them they need money in order to stay in hostel accommodation.

The Council and St Mungo’s would like to clarify to members of the public that free hostel accommodation is offered to all street homeless people during this cold snap and the situation is being constantly monitored.

If you find someone sleeping rough in Reading and would like advice or information, call the Council’s homeless prevention team on (0118) 939 0165 or St Mungo’s on (0118) 958 5002 or email readingspot@stmungos.org

St Mungo’s street outreach team assess the needs of rough sleepers on the streets and offers a service that includes routes to accommodation, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health and physical health services.