Offer a hand-up, rather than a hand-out, this Xmas…
With the number of people living on the streets continuing to rise since the recession, welfare charities are launching a “homelessness hotline” this week – and the Housing Minister is urging the general public to call it; instead of giving money or food.
Streetlink is a new 24 hour (free phone) national helpline for members of the public who are concerned about a rough sleeper in their area.
StreetLink helpline : 0300 500 0914
It is supported by 500 homelessness charities, where operators pass on information about a homeless person’s location and circumstances to support services in their area, which will then offer them targeted help.
Trialled successfully in London, Liverpool and Manchester since last year it is backed by the Housing Minister Mark Prisk, who urged people to offer “a hand up, rather than a handout”.
And in the first six months of the project more than 2,000 calls were made to the dedicated number, and 415 rough sleepers were helped into accommodation – a success rate four times better than traditional approaches.
According to the most recent official figures, nearly 2,200 people were sleeping rough on any one night in Autumn 2011 – up by a fifth in one year.
The next set of annual figures, compiled by the Department of Communities and Local Government, will be released in February and many homeless charities fear another sharp increase.
LANDLORDS : What are your views on the matter?
- Do you think this is a good idea?
- Should the government be telling us what to do with our own money?
Please share your experiences and views with the LRS community!