The Government has announced 'Local COVID alert level: high' restrictions for Stockton-on-Tees.
For further information about the rules and disruptions to Council services visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Have you seen someone sleeping rough?
Are you worried about someone who may be sleeping on the streets tonight? Do you know someone who is homeless and needs our help?
If the person needs urgent medical attention or you believe they are under 18 years of age please call 999.
Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP)
During the cold weather, in accordance with the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP), if you see anyone who appears to be sleeping rough or on the streets you can direct them to our Homelessness and Housing Solutions Team (or the Emergency Duty Team out of hours) who will make contact with the individual(s) and arrange accommodation.
No Second Night Out
In its strategy “Vision for ending rough sleeping: No Second Night Out Nationwide”, the Government called on every local authority to adopt the ‘no second night out’ standard. The strategy notes that it requires communities having the right services in place, so that:
New rough sleepers can be identified and helped off the streets immediately.
The public can alert services if they see anyone sleeping rough, so they get help.
Rough sleepers can go to a place of safety, where their needs can be assessed, and they can get help.
Rough sleepers are able to get emergency accommodation and other services they need.
Rough sleepers from outside their area can be reconnected with their community.
More recently local authorities have been encouraged to go one step further and consider adopting a “no first night out” approach which aims to predict potential rough sleepers and provide accommodation and support before a single night is spent on the streets.
We actively seeks to tackle rough sleeping and we support the Governments vision.
If you are sleeping rough and want help
Contact Housing Solutions if you are homeless and have nowhere to stay tonight.
Visit us at: Stockton Central Library and Customer Service Centre Church Road Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1TX
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01642 528389
If you are homeless in an emergency outside these times you can telephone the Emergency Duty Team: 01642 524552, 5pm - 8.30am Monday - Thursday, 4.30pm Friday and all day weekends (including bank holidays).