Published on 25th February 2021
Cheltenham Borough Council has today released figures of a rough sleeping count that forms the basis of annual government statistics on rough sleeping in England.
Due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic, Cheltenham Borough Council were unable to undertake a full street count or spotlight count between October and November 2020 but undertook a robust evidence-based estimate approach instead using intelligence from local partners including the police, faith groups, voluntary and outreach teams.
The council estimated 6 people to be sleeping rough on the particular night chosen, a reduction of 3 people rough sleeping from the rough sleeper spotlight count which was carried out in 2019. This number of rough sleepers counted is a ‘snapshot’ figure and does not include other forms of homelessness which form part of this complex picture.
Cllr Pete Jeffries, member for housing, said: ‘’During the pandemic partners have been carrying out targeted work to support anyone still rough sleeping during this time and the reduction in numbers reflects the work that has been carried out. Cheltenham Borough Council would like to thank everyone involved for all their hard work and support to ensure that the crucial support we offer people rough sleeping has continued throughout this challenging time.’’
Matt Gasside, head of support and community services, said ‘’I believe the greatest achievement for both P3 and our partners over the past twelve months has been the ability to flex and mobilise our resources to support the most vulnerable people in our community when and where it has been needed most. The P3 Outreach Team have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to ensure people who are experiencing homelessness have been offered an exit from the streets into somewhere safe and comfortable to live.”
Anyone wishing to raise the awareness of a rough sleeper or report a concern about someone rough sleeping can contact the outreach team (P3) by visiting http://www.streetlink.org.uk and report a concern by either using the online form, downloading the street link app or by calling 0300 500 0914.
This is an extremely quick and effective action that anyone can take to refer a street homeless individual to the team who will then quickly find, verify, and build relationships with these individuals to enable them to access appropriate accommodation and support.
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 01452 614194 (out of office hours), or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Notes to editors: Street counts are requested yearly by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) from local authorities in England to measure trends, though they cannot give a complete picture of everyone experiencing rough sleeping due to individual’s complex needs.