East Suffolk Council in conjunction with other partner organisations is providing support to single homeless people and people sleeping rough in East Suffolk, during the winter period.
The Cold Weather Provision (CWP) provides up to nine bed spaces until the end of March next year. The accommodation is either a self-contained room or sharing facilities and, in each case, an assessment will be undertaken to confirm the placement.
Cllr Richard Kerry, East Suffolk’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “As detailed in our Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy, we are committed to reducing rough sleeping and addressing the issues which cause and can lead to homelessness.
“However, we know it is likely that there will be rough sleepers during the winter months and with very cold weather predicted we must be proactive in ensuring help for those affected.”
Members of the East Suffolk Housing Needs Team and colleagues from Access Community Trust and Anglia Care Trust will monitor the situation and anyone concerned about the welfare of people should contact the Council, either by calling 03330 162000 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
On Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, an out of hours contact number is available: 0800 4402516.
This service is provided in addition to the 'Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub' – an East Suffolk Council initiative which has commissioned beds in Lowestoft. Genesis and Notting Hill Association also offer a Short Stay Emergency Bed in Felixstowe. Referrals can be made by contacting East Suffolk Housing Needs Team.
Following a successful application to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, East Suffolk Council was awarded a total of £292,553 to help rough sleepers or those at risk of rough sleeping in the district.
The spaces, which are located at Access Community Trust (Bridge View), will provide somewhere to stay for a minimum of 72 hours to enable a rapid assessment of need and to offer support to those using this provision.