Milton Keynes Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub
COVID-19 – Temporary closure of Somewhere Safe to Stay
Following government advice, the Hub is currently closed. Working closely with Bedford Council we have been able to obtain hotel accommodation for registered rough sleepers of Bedford, so they are able to self-isolate and keep safe. Our staff, volunteers and partners continue to provide as much support as possible to those who need help during this most challenging time.
About Somewhere Safe to Stay
Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub in Milton Keynes is open 24 hours a day, offering emergency homelessness advice and somewhere safe to stay for a short time. The project provides a variety of professional support services to help people find the best way back into a settled home.
Who is eligible to use the Hub?
- Rough sleepers who are known to SMART’s outreach team (Milton Keynes Initiative Team)
- Low to medium risk prison releases that have not been found a suitable accommodation offer before discharge
- Low to medium risk hospital discharges that have not been found suitable accommodation offer prior to discharge and would otherwise return to rough sleeping
How to access the Hub
People who are rough sleeping or are at imminent risk of homelessness are referred by:
- Milton Keynes Hospital, via Milton Keynes Council Housing Officer’s (‘Navigators’)
- Prison releases, via Milton Keynes Navigators
- Milton Keynes Initiative Team (outreach team)
What support is available?
Once referred to the Hub, rough sleepers and those at direct risk of becoming homeless are assigned a 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, while encouraging routine and promoting engagement with action plans to end their rough sleeping.
- Prevent further rough sleeping
Working together for better results
SMART 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 four ‘Navigators’.
This work has also been supported by funding from MK Community Foundation.
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