Rough sleeper support
We are doing all we can to support those people who are rough sleeping and who are particularly vulnerable at this time.
Our approach to supporting people who are rough sleeping has essentially remained the same since the first lockdown last March, with an offer of accommodation for all those rough sleeping, with very limited exceptions.
With help from our partners we are working closely with those who’ve been accommodated to ensure they get the additional help and support they need, and we will be using this time to work with them to support them to move on in to longer-term and sustainable housing where possible.
We are also working on preventative measures, and have asked supported housing providers not to evict unless in extreme circumstances, as in the last lockdown.
Our partner St Mungo's has dedicated staff out on the streets every night, working with those who are sleeping rough to build trust, understand their needs and offer help.
Due to our big “everyone in” push back in March, we have far fewer homeless people now. Currently, the number of people living on the street is half the number compared with last winter.
Concerned about someone rough sleeping?
If you are worried about someone who is rough sleeping:
If you think the person you are concerned about is in immediate danger or needs urgent care, please call 999.
The team is continuing to support everyone who is in accommodation throughout this period, contacting them regularly and ensuring they have everything they need.
Everyone rough sleeping that has been accommodated:
- is provided with food
- has access to a support worker every day and other specialist support staff.
Additionally, partner agencies are involved to help support often multiple and complex needs.
Breakfast is provided on site for everyone. To help residents adapt to sourcing food themselves through their welfare benefit entitlement, the YMCA and faith sector are currently assisting with the direct provision of three meals a day for some residents.
How you can help
Find out how to help tackle homelessness locally through StreetSupport.
Change For Good is a fund already in place to help those in emergency accommodation to move on to something more secure in the long term. This was set up by members of the local Homelessness Partnership and is independently administered by Dorset Community Foundation.
If you wish to donate to help those rough sleeping all monies will go to help individuals recover from homelessness.