Help us get rough sleepers off the streets
Published: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Wandsworth Council is committed to finding somewhere to live for all the borough’s rough sleepers and is asking residents for their help.
The council is working with its commissioned charity partner SPEAR to get out to all known rough sleepers and so far has found accommodation for 57 homeless people. People who refuse or abandon an offer will continue to be offered accommodation.
Outreach workers are also offering support with their health needs, including help with addiction and mental health issues, and are making sure they have access to food.
Wandsworth is reaching out to all homeless people it finds, but as homeless populations move around London more cases continually come to light, so it is asking local people for their help.
Cabinet member for housing Cllr Kim Caddy said: “This is a complex and challenging task but one that we are absolutely determined to achieve. We are doing all we can to get people off the streets during this pandemic, but if you see someone you think needs help, we would urge you to let us know.
“We would also ask that people observe social distancing rules around anyone appearing to be sleeping rough. If you wish to make a donation to help rough sleepers, visit SPEAR’s Just Giving page."
The council works with the organisation Streetlink, which receives notifications from the public about rough sleepers, assesses them and then passes them on to local outreach teams when appropriate.
If you see someone you are concerned about, visit streetlink.london.