The Bedford Initiatives Team
The Bedford Initiatives Team (BIT) help those who are rough sleeping in Bedford to tackle the problems that led to their homlessness and create plans for a brighter future. The team work closely with rough sleepers forming supportive relationships with people who have otherwise lost trust, and have often been excluded from other services.
Working together for better results
The BIT works in partnership with local professional partners and housing providers in Bedford, but in particular with Bedford Borough Council (BBC), The Kings Arms Project, The Salvation Army and bpha (Housing Association).
The team provides verification of all rough sleeper reports in Bedford.
Clear goals to support rough sleepers
The project has three main objectives:
1. Work with those currently rough sleeping to relieve their homelessness, by finding them support for the complexity of issues they face and assist them into accommodation.
2. Work longer term with those housed via the outreach services in Bedford to maintain effective tenancies, aiming to prevent further rough sleeping and homelessness in the future.
3. Provide up to 20 emergency bed spaces for any rough sleeper engaged with the outreach services in Bedford.
The service is funded by the recent successful award to Bedford from the MHCLG (Ministry of Housing) to BBC to support the Government’s commitment to ending homelessness by 2027. Funding is currently secured until March 2020.
Referrals for this project are welcomed from:
- Rough sleepers in Bedford
- Members of the public
- Healthcare providers
- Statutory services
To make a referral please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the public are concerned about anyone sleeping rough, they can call the national 24 hour rough sleeping referral line ‘StreetLink’ on 0300 500 0914 or visit www.streetlink.org.uk