Help at hand for rough sleepers in Maidstone


As temperatures are forecast to drop across the south east of England this week, Maidstone Borough Council’s Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) continues to work throughout the area to help those sleeping rough in the borough during the extreme weather.

The SWEP solution was introduced to provide a safe and warm place for street-homeless people to stay overnight and to help anyone who needs to access emergency accommodation during the bad weather.

Maidstone Borough Council (MBC), has also been working hard to increase its support for those who may be homeless or rough sleeping through funding it received from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government of nearly £384,000.  With the help of the funding MBCs team has been extended and an Assessment Centre has been established, providing 24 hours of help and safety to those in need of help and emergency accommodation to reduce the numbers of rough sleepers in the town.

The Council also provides emergency accommodation throughout the winter months so no one should be sleeping out.  If anyone sees someone sleeping out in Maidstone and would like to report it please email outreach@maidstone.gov.uk or using the StreetLink website at www.streetlink.org.uk


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