Rough Sleepers

This page is to provide information to the public, other organisations and people sleeping rough

WHO CAN I INFORM THAT I AM SLEEPING ROUGH OR SEEN A PERSON SLEEPING ROUGH?

P3 - Specialist Rough Sleeper Outreach Team for Lincolnshire

Tel: 0808 281 0280 Office hours 08:00 to 16:00 Monday - Friday.  If phoning out of hours please leave a message on the voicemail which will be picked the next working day.   

Streetlink - enables members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them.

ELDC Homelessness Team

Email - HomelessTeam@e-lindsey.gov.uk Tel - 01507 601111 (The call will transfer to the On-Call service out of office hours)

 

WHAT SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE SLEEPING ROUGH?

Rough Sleeping Prevention Team - consisting of ELDC Rough Sleeper Service, ELDC Housing and Homelessness Service and P3 Street Outreach Service who work in partnership to provide advice and assistance to people sleeping rough within East Lindsey and to provide ongoing support once accommodation is sourced.  Tel: 01507  601111  Email: RSI@e-lindsey.gov.uk

Salvation Army, High Street, Skegness - Offers a drop in service every Tuesday 10.00am - 12.00pm offering showering facilities, clothes and washing facilities and light refreshments.   Support and advice is provided to rough sleepers. Tel: 01754 763906

The Royal British Legion - supports serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families. Tel: 0808 802 8080

SSAFA - provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army or the Royal Air Force.  Support and advice is provided to veterans who are rough sleeping. Tel: 0800 7314880

 

WHAT HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION IS AVAILABLE? 

The main hostel in East Lindsey is based in Skegness. There is high demand for this hostel and applicants will normally need a local connection. Referrals must be made by a professional and further information can be obtained through any agency the rough sleeper is working with.

There is a small male only hostel in Mablethorpe run by the Christian Fellowship which provides supported accommodation. More information can be obtained by phoning 01507 478995

The only direct access hostel in Lincolnshire is the NOMAD Night Shelter, St Rumbold Street, Lincoln. The hostel is open from 9.00pm until 6.00am each day. For further details contact the shelter directly

Tel: 01522 504589/01522 504588   Email: office@nomadtrust.org.uk

It is very difficult to obtain hostel accommodation if a rough sleeper has previously been evicted due to breaking the rules especially if it is because of anti social behaviour, rent arrears, drug or alcohol misuse or certain previous convictions.

Whenever possible, it is important to ask for assistance with obtaining accommodation during office hours as finding accommodation outside office hours, particularly late at night is very difficult.   

 

SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS

During periods of severe weather such as winter conditions the government recommend that where the temperature is zero or below for 3 consecutive nights, all rough sleepers should be offered accommodation.  Please contact us to make us aware of any rough sleepers who need assistance. Accommodation will usually be a hostel which could be outside of the East Lindsey district if there are no options available within the district or the person sleeping rough has connections to other areas of the country. If they have no where to go in the daytime please contact 01507 613135 for advice.

 

WHERE CAN FOOD AND DRINK BE OBTAINED FROM?

Trinity Centre, Eastgate, Louth - Louth's Community Larder provides food for those who have none.  Referrals can be made by statutory and voluntary agencies.  This project was initiated by the Parish but engages Churches Together in Louth & District and the whole community.  Tel: 01507 605803

The Storehouse, North Parade, Skegness - Skegness's only Food Bank is based at The Storehouse Church on North Parade, providing 3 days emergency food for local people in financial hardship.
The Skegness Food Bank is supported entirely by volunteers and donations from local churches, businesses and individuals. Tel: 01754 763362

Horncastle -An independent Food Bank, run by a small group of local volunteers, based in Horncastle Community Centre and serving the local community and surrounding villages. Appointment only, referrals by agencies working with the person rough sleeping

 

WHAT IF THE PERSON SLEEPING ROUGH HAS A DOG?

Some hostels will accommodate someone sleeping rough who has a dog but this is very limited and could depend on the breed and behaviour of dog. Alternatively the pet might need to be placed temporarily in kennels. The council can offer advice with this.

 

DO PEOPLE SLEEPING ROUGH REFUSE HELP?

Some rough sleepers will refuse an offer of accommodation. This could be due to a range of reasons including they do not want to leave the streets or are not ready to do so or they don't want what has been offered.  The Rough Sleeping Prevention Team and P3 are aware of most rough sleepers and assistance has usually been offered to those sleeping rough long term.

 

IS EVERYONE WHO SLEEPS ROUGH OR SEEN BEGGING ACTUALLY HOMELESS?

No, the council does occasionally come across people who are choosing to sleep rough or beg even though they have accommodation available to them. Those from out of area will be encouraged to return to their home and often assisted with transport to get them back. Some still refuse this offer of reconnection however we will continue to try to engage with them.  Those begging will usually be reported to the Police.