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Helping Rough Sleepers

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The Council, in partnership with Cornwall Housing, St Petroc’s Society and other organisations who work with rough sleepers in Cornwall, will be providing emergency accommodation and other services over the next few days as temperatures are predicted to fall to 0 degrees or below.  

Cornwall Housing has been monitoring temperatures closely throughout the winter and has alerted partners over the last few days that Cold Weather Provision (CWP) plans will be put in place during the current severe weather. This Cold Weather Provision, which will be in place until at least 5 March, will see St Petroc’s Society Truro Resource Centre operate as a temporary night shelter and Cornwall Housing placing rough sleepers into emergency accommodation where appropriate.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Homes Andrew Mitchell said: “People who are sleeping rough will be particularly vulnerable in the cold weather, so we are doing all we can to make sure they can access warmth and shelter.

Whatever the weather, our goal is to work with rough sleepers to help them to find more permanent accommodation and access support services.”

Residents concerned about someone sleeping rough can contact  Streetlink – a 24/7 website, mobile app which can be downloaded free from iTunes and Google Play stores and phone line (03005000914) which allows anyone who has a concern, to send out an alert about the location of someone sleeping rough. Streetlink will then pass on the information to St Petroc’s Assertive Outreach Team so that they find, engage with the person and connect them with support within 24 hours.