As the cold weather bites, local people are urged to report anyone who they think may be sleeping rough to the council’s homeless team, so they can offer help to get them off the streets.
Dudley Council’s homeless team works around the clock, every day of the year to support people who are homeless, or at risk of losing their home.
Officers respond immediately to all reports of people sleeping rough and will go out and visit them to give them support and advice and have details of accommodation that is immediately available to them.
The team also offers support to people at risk of losing their home, whether they own their own home, rent it, or even if they are living with family and friends. The teams advises people to seek advice as soon as possible.
People can call Dudley Council Plus on 0300 555 2345 to report someone they are concerned about or submit details via StreetLink at www.streetlink.org.uk.
Councillor Gaye Partridge, cabinet member for housing, said:
No one should be sleeping rough in Dudley at any time of year, but as we approach the winter, it really focuses our minds on the issue.
We’re asking local people to help us by being our eyes and ears and tell us immediately if they know of someone sleeping rough as we want to do everything we can to help them.
Our officers respond to reports immediately to try and engage with people and provide details of accommodation available to them.
And to anyone who is worried that they are at risk of losing their home, then please get in touch, talk to the team and they will be able to help and advise.”
Dudley borough’s current rough sleepers count is five. This compares to 11 at the same time last year.
Further information can be found at www.dudley.gov.uk, search homelessness.