Extra help for rough sleepers as temperatures set to plummet
Published on Friday, 14th February 2020
The Borough Council has announced its Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) in line with national guidance.
The Protocol aims to provide extra help to rough sleepers and comes into force during periods of extreme weather and freezing temperatures.
SWEP is a voluntary national initiative, whereby Local Housing Authorities temporarily accommodate anyone who is homeless in severe weather conditions, regardless of the usual restrictive criteria that would apply under normal weather conditions. Councils will accommodate homeless people regardless of priority need, intentionality or other usual exclusions. This is to ensure that no one is sleeping rough when forecast weather conditions are extreme and temperatures severe.
The SWEP is in addition to the initiatives the Borough Council already has in place to support Rough Sleepers, such as the recently opened Rough Sleeper hostel and the support and advice offered on a daily basis by organisations such as P3.
NBBC Housing Solutions Officers will arrange temporary accommodation in a hostel or B&B in Nuneaton or Bedworth or as near to the Borough as possible, for the period that conditions trigger SWEP. In addition homeless individuals will be given advice and assistance to assist them to secure alternative accommodation where possible.
Anyone sleeping rough on the streets should contact the Housing Solutions Service at the Town Hall on 024 7637 6376 during office hours or the Out of Hours service on 024 7638 2153 at other times.
Cllr Chris Watkins, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities said:
“As we are on the brink of Storm Dennis this weekend with predictions of freezing temperatures and gale force winds I am pleased to see that we are implementing the SWEP initiative to help our most vulnerable residents. Please, if you are sleeping rough or know of someone who is, get in touch and we can arrange accommodation to ensure safety during this period of extreme weather."
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