With temperatures falling below freezing, outreach teams in Liverpool are encouraging those sleeping rough around the city to access help.
City council-funded workers are out in the city, speaking to people who are on the streets, assessing their needs and offering support. This includes the use of the Labre House rough sleeper hub.
During October, the council say outreach workers came into contact with 97 people sleeping rough, which is an increase of three on the previous month.
By the end of month, it's said the council helped 74 rough sleepers come inside and accept help. Of these, 44 were supported into new accommodation or back to their accommodation, while a further six were directed to Labre House. Others returned to their families or found their own solution.
Labre House, which was set up by Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, is open every day of the year, providing a place for those sleeping rough to access support.
In October, 268 stayed at Labre House for at least one night. The average number of people using the centre each night was 85.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, said:
If anyone needs help, it’s important that they know that they are not alone. We have a range of services to support anyone who may be facing homelessness and help around 6,000 families a year. People can get in touch before it reaches the stage where they have nowhere to stay.
David Carter, who is chief executive of The Whitechapel Centre, which co-ordinates the outreach teams, said:
Our services are working around the clock to ensure we find the right accommodation and support for every homeless person. The number of people using Labre House each night are high, as are the number of people sleeping rough, but we won’t give up. Even if a person isn’t ready to come indoors, we will continue to offer help and support daily and try to find a different solution or approach that will work for them.