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How can I help someone who is homeless?

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  • Shelter say that many people want to be able to provide immediate help to someone they see on the streets. An offer of a hot drink, a sandwich, or a blanket and warm clothing could help you find out what other type of support the person may need.
  • They suggest that if you are concerned about someone you could get in touch with a service like StreetLink who will contact a local outreach service that can go directly to the person. You will need to provide a description and the location of the person to make finding them easier.
  • Call 999 if the person sleeping rough needs urgent medical help.
  • There is plenty of advice online for homeless people and free phone numbers they can call.
  • Day centres provide food, showers and warmth during the day. You can find information online about what practical help is available.
  • The local council may be able to help someone who is homeless with emergency accommodation.
  • The council might also provide emergency help if the temperature drops below zero.
  • The cold winter weather is a particular threat for rough sleepers. Homeless Link publish lists of winter shelters that could provide a safe place to stay for the night.

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