Winter night beds are a success!
We are very proud to be able to offer twenty overnight beds to people who are sleeping rough in Bedford throughout the winter months, thanks to funding from MHCLG (Ministry of Housing).
The night beds are available every night until 31st March, to rough sleepers who are already engaging with homeless services, such as our Bedford initiatives team.
If you see someone sleeping rough, you can let the outreach teams know by reporting it through the national rough sleeping report website www.streetlink.org.uk. This will ensure that individuals are contacted by support workers each day.
To date, as a result of working with our professional partners in Bedford the project has supported 12 people off the streets and into long-term accommodation and a number of rough sleepers have been supported into temporary accommodation.
Cllr Anthony Forth, Portfolio Holder for Adults Services and Operational Housing said “Having these beds open every night over the winter will allow the Council and our partners to provide more support to people who are sleeping rough. Our aim is not just to ensure that individuals have shelter for the night, but to support people to find long-term accommodation and employment so can they move onwards and upwards.”
Find out more about the Bedford Initiatives Team.