Severe weather plan means support for rough sleepers

Freezing weather in Hounslow means that anyone sleeping rough will be offered emergency shelter.

Published: Wednesday, 29th November 2023

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Temperatures in Hounslow are expected to fall below freezing over the next few days.

The Mayor of London has activated a Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) to protect people who are sleeping rough in the borough.

This means that emergency accommodation is now available to make sure that people can be brought off the streets and away from the cold.

Hounslow Council’s Rough Sleeper Outreach Team will be out during the day to identify anyone who is sleeping rough and to encourage them to come inside to a warm, safe place.

Rough sleepers will also be offered ongoing support as part of this process to help them come off the streets for good.

Extreme weather conditions can pose a threat to the life of anyone who is sleeping on the streets.

If you know someone who is sleeping rough in Hounslow or if you see someone sleeping rough, you can help them by reporting them to Streetlink.

Visit the website: to create an alert about someone who is sleeping rough, giving the location and a brief description, Outreach workers will attend in due course to offer them support. You can also use this service to get help for yourself if you are sleeping rough in Hounslow.

Find out more about Hounslow’s severe weather plans.

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