Rough Sleeping Prevention Team continues to make positive progress across East Lindsey
December 18, 2019
People who find themselves sleeping rough in East Lindsey continue to receive the support they need to help them into housing with the help of East Lindsey District Council's new Rough Sleeping Prevention Team.
Earlier this year, the Council was successful in its bid for £143,000 to enhance efforts to reduce rough sleeping across the district. Since the service mobilised some 6 months ago, it has supported almost 200 individuals across the district.
This wouldn't have been possible without the support of a range of partner organisations including P3, Lincolnshire Police, Salvation Army, Church based organisations as well as local voluntary organisations.
The team has helped people in a planned and systematic way with individual action plans, and specific interventions to find them suitable accommodation and support through a network of agencies.
The team has been able to support people with a range of needs and has had success with individuals who have previously experienced homelessness and rough sleeping for many years.
The evidence shows a reducing number of people sleeping rough in the East Lindsey area. All Local Authorities carry out an annual rough sleeping 'snapshot' of a typical night per year - for 2019 this snapshot figure was 8, a reduction from 18 in 2018.
Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, Councillor Wendy Bowkett said: "We are committed to ensuring that nobody needs to sleep rough in East Lindsey and this team have created a more effective, timely and responsive way of doing that. Recently, the team were able to secure accommodation for all individuals known to be rough sleeping across the district, something I am very proud of."
Michelle Howard, Assistant Director for People said "We are further developing our service model and seeking further funding to ensure that we can continue to respond to instances of rough sleeping quickly and effectively, whilst also working hard to prevent people from finding themselves sleeping rough"
For more information, visit www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/roughsleepers