Certain London boroughs have higher levels of rough sleeping than others and have responded to this by commissioning their own specialist outreach teams.
Croydon Reach helps people sleeping rough across the borough to escape homelessness, and to move into and maintain permanent accommodation.
Its outreach teams work on Croydon’s streets at night, following up referrals of homeless people who are thought to be sleeping rough.
The staff help people into No Second Night Out assessment hubs, hostels, private rented sector properties, and bed and breakfast accommodation.
When people are placed in temporary accommodation, staff will help resettle them into a more permanent place when it is available and provide support to help them sustain their new home.
A Department for Communities and Local Government Prevention Rough Sleeper Service (DCLG-PRS) staff member also provides support to those rough sleepers with lower support needs, by helping them into accommodation in the private rented sector, and to find volunteering opportunities and work.
Help Thames Reach outreach workers to get people off the streets