Pop up shelter to support rough sleepers in Coventry

Coventry Emergency Shelter is a pop up style shelter aimed at supporting rough sleepers. It operates during the most severe weather conditions.

Credit: Coventry Emergency Shelter

The doors to Langar Aid House open and people can sleep in the warm, have a hot meal, take a shower and clothes are also available.

It's organised by Coventry Emergency Shelter in partnership with Langar Aid.

Credit: Coventry Emergency Shelter

The service comes as a homeless man in Coventry was attacked at the weekend, when he was set on fire as he slept.

According to West Midlands Police, the man remains in hospital with severe third degree burns after two people poured lighter fluid over his hands and set him on fire.

The attack occurred in the Swanswell Park & Pool area in Coventry, sometime between 10pm on Saturday and the early hours of Sunday.

"Living on the streets is one of the most dangerous experiences anyone could face", said Jon Sparkes, chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis, as new figures on the number of rough sleepers in the UK were released.

These efforts follow the news that a homeless man died near Birmingham's bullring shopping centre at the weekend.

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