In response to the Mayor of London opening emergency shelters across London as temperatures hit zero.
Published: Friday, 4th January 2019
In response to the Mayor of London opening emergency shelters across London as temperatures hit zero, Councillor Lily Bath, Cabinet Member for Housing and Social Inclusion at Hounslow Council, said:
“We know the extreme weather means the risks faced by rough sleepers are even greater and may even be deadly for some as they spend the night outside. The council has measures in place to make sure rough sleepers across the borough can access shelter and support during this cold weather as temperatures hit zero or below. These measures include our work with St. Mungos and working with Pan-London SWEP to ensure sufficient support and facilities are available. This support includes providing rough sleepers with a warm, safe place to sleep.
“We are also supporting and following the Mayor of London’s ‘rough sleeping campaign’ and engaging with all rough sleepers including those who have previously declined support or have been rough sleeping for a long time to ensure we work with them and develop a support plan to help them get off the streets for good.”
If you are concerned about someone you have seen sleeping rough, please report them online at www.streetlink.org.uk or download the app to refer someone http://streetlink.org.uk. You can also call 0300 500 091 or 999 in the case of an emergency.