Emergency measures for homeless people in Northampton after temperatures forecast to drop

SWEP measures are invoked when temperatures are predicted to fall below zero fotr three nights in a row
SWEP measures are invoked when temperatures are predicted to fall below zero fotr three nights in a row

Emergency support is being provided to rough sleepers as temperatures are set to drop below freezing.

Through the SWEP scheme, Northampton Borough Council is working in partnership with NAASH and the Hope Centre to protect vulnerable people and keep them safe during the expected cold spell.

Homeless people who need help can come to the Hope Centre between 10pm at night and 7am the next morning, to be given emergency accommodation, heating, bedding and food to support them through the severe weather.

When the weather improves, Northampton Borough Council will help those people find homes or other assistance they need.

Councillor Mary Markham, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “Working with our partners we will be offering vulnerable people a chance to get the help they need.

“With temperatures set to drop below freezing over the next few nights we will be making sure that everyone has the chance to keep warm, eat a good meal and stay safe at night.

“It is also an opportunity for us to show what support is available and how we can help them get back on their feet.”

The Severe Weather Emergency Protocol is a partnership agreement between Northampton Borough Council, the Hope Centre and NAASH to provide a warm place for rough sleepers to spend the night when the temperature falls below freezing (zero degrees) for three consecutive nights.

If you know of or see anyone who could benefit from this scheme, please contact Northampton Borough Council’s homeless team on 01604 629804.