SWEP activated in Kirklees as temperatures drop

Homeless young man

Update – SWEP has ended Wednesday 21 March, based on the weather forecast. 

Due to the cold weather, our Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) has been activated, which means we are currently offering rough sleepers in Kirklees a warm bed for the night.

SWEP aims to prevent deaths on the streets in severe weather, this round has been active since today (Friday 16 March) and will be reviewed on Monday 19 March 2018.

If you know or meet anyone who will be sleeping rough during this time please contact us on the numbers below, and spread the word so that other people are aware too:

Out of hours/weekend – Emergency Duty Service 01484 414933

OR

Weekdays between 9 and 5pm – Housing Solutions Service – 01484 221350

Useful to know…

– SWEP has the potential to change a life – every person who is given a bed through SWEP is visited by a housing officer the next morning, to talk them through their options and discuss how they can get longer term help.

– Some people just are not ready – if people are not ready to accept the help through SWEP our partners at the mission and the welcome centre both offer somewhere they can go and get warm and have a chat.

– We allow pets wherever possible – although there are a small number of places we work with where pets can’t go. In all cases, we take this into considering when we allocate emergency accommodation.

– We are committed to helping people to permanently get off the streets – our colleagues in housing solutions work all year to support people at risk of becoming homeless or who are already rough sleeping. We provide support and emergency accommodation for eligible people who finds themselves homeless.

– You can help the homeless at any time – if you see a homeless person or someone who looks to be sleeping rough you can let the relevant people know where they are, and when you saw them through Street Link. The app alerts the council’s housing solutions team and their partner organisation who can go and check what, if any, help the person needs.

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