Council in rough sleepers appeal

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With winter approaches, East Lindsey District Council has moved to raise awareness of an Outreach service for people finding themselves sleeping on the streets.

In Conjunction with Framework’s Street Outreach Team, the council helps to provide a support service for rough sleepers with the intention of getting them off the streets and into secure accommodation.

The Outreach team helps around 100 homeless people in East Lindsey every year by working in partnership with other organisations, including East Lindsey District Council, to engage with rough sleepers and identify those in need of immediate support.

The organisations can help find safe and secure accommodation, find appropriate treatment for drug, alcohol or mental health problems, access medical help, re-engage with estranged family members, help people return to their home region or home country, and help with benefit claims.

The council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, Cllr Sandra Harrison, said: “This service is designed to offer a vital life-line for those in the most desperate need of help – those currently sleeping rough or as risk of finding themselves street homeless and it is important that we continue to offer our support in many areas.

“There are many things that the organisation, and the council, can do to help in these situations starting with the provision of safe and secure accommodation and ending with independent living. We want people to know that there is help available.”

The Outreach Team actively looks for rough sleepers in known hotspots, but there are still many people sleeping on the streets that they are not aware of.

Anyone sleeping rough, at risk of sleeping rough or anyone who is aware of someone sleeping rough in the District can contact the Outreach Team on 0800 066 5356 or by sending a free text to 80800 texting SOT followed by a message.