SMART First Point supports people in Bedford who are homeless, rough sleeping or who are worried they will soon become homeless.
We help people ‘on the street’ who are rough sleeping, helping them to move into accommodation as quickly as possible, to enable support and improve safety. Our Housing Advisors support people who are worried they might lose their accommodation, or who are at risk of becoming homeless, aiming to prevent this from happening wherever possible.
For many years, the SMART Prebend Support Hub has been a ‘go to’ place for people experiencing homelessness or needing advice about housing.
The team provide support and food, alongside access to essential amenities such as laundry facilities and showers.
Local councils, also known as “local authorities,” bear the responsibility of providing aid to individuals undergoing homelessness.
If you find yourself without a home, sleeping on the streets, or confronted with a housing crisis, your foremost step should involve reaching out to your local authority’s Housing Options team. This will enable you to ascertain the extent of assistance they can provide to you.
Depending on your specific situation, this may encompass:
To identify your local council, you can make use of the Government’s website.
If you find yourself currently sleeping rough, take advantage of StreetLink. This nationwide hotline for referring rough sleepers enables you to communicate with SMART’s outreach teams, local authorities, and various other homeless organizations regarding your circumstances and your location while sleeping rough. They will subsequently facilitate your connection to local support services to provide assistance.
StreetLink’s volunteers and personnel are committed to assisting you as promptly as possible – however, it’s crucial not to postpone seeking aid. In the interim, if feasible, consider seeking help from alternative sources. For instance, you might want to get in touch with your local council or pay us a visit at the Prebend Hub.
If you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to learn more about our programs and services, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.