With freezing temperatures on their way Northampton's Severe Weather Emergency Protocol is being activated. That means from tonight its winter shelter will be open for those living on the streets.
The move is in response to the Met Office forecast of sub-zero overnight temperatures from Thursday night.
Northampton’s winter shelter is run by Northampton Borough Council in partnership with the Hope Centre, Midland Heart Housing Association and NAASH. It provides somewhere safe, warm and dry for rough sleepers to go during the coldest nights of the year.
The winter shelter will operate from the Hope Centre in Oasis House between 9.00pm and 7.00am from Thursday, 17 January until at least the morning of Monday, 21 January.
More than 50 people responded to the Borough Council's appeal last week for volunteers to help its team leaders and support workers to run the shelter.