Number of people rough sleeping in Cheltenham has reduced

Published on 29th November 2018

rough sleeper lying in sleeping bag

A rough sleeper count in Cheltenham led by P3 shows a reduction of seven people rough sleeping in 2017

Cheltenham’s rough sleeper count took place on the night of Tuesday 13 November 2018. This exercise was led by P3 charity in partnership with the council which counted two rough sleepers, a reduction of seven people rough sleeping in 2017.

Each year between October and November in response to a request by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) all councils conduct a national count of rough sleepers in England.

Councillor Peter Jeffries, cabinet member for housing at Cheltenham Borough Council said: ‘’The council through the outreach team monitors and reviews the number of rough sleepers throughout the year. I’m really pleased that this year there has been a reduction in the number of people found rough sleeping in Cheltenham from nine people in 2017 to two people being counted this year. The reduction in part is reflective of an increase in funding to support services being delivered by our partners. The council though acknowledges the complex issues surrounding homelessness and recognises that this is a ‘snap-shot’ figure and does not include other forms of homelessness which form part of this complex picture.’’

This reduction in numbers reflects the increased work of ACTion Glos which is a service provided by P3 in partnership with CCP (Caring for Communities & People) and ARA (Addiction Recovery Agency). This service is funded by 'social impact bond' (SIB) funding made available by central Government as part of their 2016 Homelessness Prevention Programme and supports 126 individuals across Gloucestershire who are homeless and have multiple complex needs and face overlapping barriers to accessing and staying in accommodation, since the service started 88 individuals have been assisted into accommodation.

To refer anyone who might be homeless to the local rough sleeping outreach team provided by P3, please contact Streetlink via the app, www.streetlink.org.uk or call 0300 500 0914. Streetlink is a phone and web based service available to the public to enable them to alert Local Authorities about rough sleepers in their area. It is the first step someone can take to ensure rough sleepers are connected to local services and support available to them.

Residents who have become homeless or are at risk of being made homeless can also get advice and support from Cheltenham Borough Homes Housing Options team on 01242 387615 or call 01452 614194 (out of office hours) or email at housingoptions@cbh.org 


For media enquiries contact Jemima Lawson communications officer 01242 26 4332 or email communications@cheltenham.gov.uk

Notes to editor:

A wide range of statutory, voluntary and charitable agencies were involved in the count and intelligence was provided on people rough sleeping across Cheltenham such as P3’s assertive outreach team who work across the county supporting rough sleepers throughout the year.  

Every year Local Authorities in England provide a figure on how many people are sleeping rough in each district on a typical night between 1 October and 30 November 2018.

Homeless Link is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to support local authorities in England to undertake either a count or an intelligence-led estimate of the number of people rough sleeping.