Bedford Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub
Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub in Bedford is open 24 hours a day, offering emergency homelessness advice and somewhere safe for people who are sleeping rough to stay for a short time. Professional advice is on offer from a variety of support services to help people find the best way back into a settled home.
How to access the Hub
People who are rough sleeping or are at imminent risk of homelessness are referred by the Housing Options Team at Bedford Council, the SMART Prebend Centre, SMART’s Night Beds or any of Bedford’s Rough Sleeper Outreach Services.
What support is available?
Once referred to the Hub, rough sleepers and those at direct risk of becoming homeless are assigned a Council Housing Officer (‘Navigator), and a SMART support worker who will be their continued point of contact throughout their journey into settled accommodation and independence. Navigator’s help with all aspects of the journey to finding a home, including information about rights, help with finding the best support services and finding the right housing solution. The SMART support worker will assist those using the service with additional needs including help with drug and alcohol use, budgeting, benefits applications and emergency accommodation & access to medical services.
The overarching aims of the Hub are to:
- Provide a welcoming environment to receive both statutory and third sector support in one place
- Provide a space for current rough sleepers to be safe and warm overnight, whilst encouraging routine and promoting engagement with action plans to end their rough sleeping.
- Prevent further rough sleeping
Working together for better results
SMART operate the SMART Prebend Centre, Bedford Initiatives Team, Bedford Night Beds and work in partnership with the Council and its partners to provide outreach support and to encourage those who are most vulnerable to accept help and accommodation.
The Hub has been made possible following a successful bid by the Council to the Government, with over £450,000 awarded to deliver the service, alongside two ‘Navigators’ and a Local Lettings Officers to deliver bespoke and effective solutions.
What to do if you are concerned about someone who is sleeping rough?
Members of the public who are concerned about anyone rough sleeping can call the national 24-hour rough sleeping referral line ‘StreetLink’ on 0300 500 0914 or visit www.streetlink.org.uk