Rough sleepers in Northampton will be given a place to stay during the cold winter weather, thanks to a scheme run by Northampton Borough Council.
The Gateway team’s outreach staff, who are part of Northampton Borough Council’s Housing Solutions service, will scour the streets of the town in search of homeless people to offer them somewhere safe and warm to spend the night.
The teams, which include the Street Rescue Service and Street Outreach Response teams, help homeless men and women get emergency bed spaces provided by the council and NAASH, the Northampton Association for Accommodation for Single Homeless, when temperatures drop below zero on three consecutive nights.
The extra accommodation is part of the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol scheme, which comes into play during icy conditions.
Councillor Mary Markham (Con, Obelisk), the council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “These teams work in all weather conditions, often through to 2am in the morning while the rest of Northampton sleeps – they really are some of Northampton’s most unsung heroes.
“Not only does Northampton Borough Council’s Gateway team help scores of people off the streets during cold weather, every effort is made to engage with individuals to ensure they do not return to the streets when warmer weather returns.”
Members of the public can also help the outreach teams by calling the new national StreetLink number 0300 500 0914 to report sightings of people sleeping rough.