According to recent figures published in the national rough sleepers count, Gloucester city has seen a 35 per cent decrease in the number of people sleeping rough on the city’s streets.
According to this national study, there are 15 people sleeping rough in Gloucester, down from 23 last year.
P3, the charity that run the city council’s outreach programme, have engaged and spoken with all of the 15 people recognised in the rough sleeping count.
Five of the people identified have been housed and two are working with ACTion Glos and receiving support from the social impact bond.
The remaining four people are either receiving medical care, or have disengaged and refused the support offered. Unfortunately one person is now in prison.
Getting people off the streets and into suitable, stable and safe accommodation is the ultimate goal. Some of the people sleeping rough have very complex needs which need to be addressed and supported.
By offering more than just a bed and supporting the individuals tackle health or addiction issues, it is more likely that they will stay off the streets.
Cllr Colin Organ, cabinet member for housing at Gloucester City Council, said: “Protecting the most vulnerable people in Gloucester is our priority. Together with our partners we’re working hard to support the people sleeping on our streets and these figures demonstrate that we’re making progress.
“One person sleeping rough is one too many. We have a range of support available that focuses on breaking the cycle and getting them into a long term happy home. Supporting the homeless and rough sleepers is a responsibility that we take very seriously and we’re committed to really making a difference.”
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