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‘No need to sleep outside’

 

  • The council helps many people who find themselves homeless and a range of different provision is available, there is no need for anyone to sleep outside. 

 

  • Addressing rough sleeping in the city is a key priority for the Council and we are working with partners to deliver our Rough Sleeper Strategy, including a ‘Housing First' model which moves rough sleepers straight from the streets into their own home.

 

  • We're committed to working with individuals to support them to access services and our Outreach team works 7 days a week both during the day and into the evening to engage with people sleeping rough or who are at risk of sleeping rough.

 

  • Last year we helped 204 individuals off the streets into accommodation.

 

 

  • We also work with homeless charities such as Huggard, the Salvation Army, Wallich and the YMCA to provide hostel accommodation, a day centre for the homeless, and a night bus service.

 

  • A wide range of holistic services are available on a daily basis for individuals including medical and drug and alcohol services, alongside accommodation services

 

  • Overall we provide 216 hostel places for single homeless people and 78 emergency beds and 390 supported accommodation units. During the winter, there are additional emergency bed spaces - more than 90 extra spaces for this winter.

 

  • Individuals who sleep rough often have enormously complex issues and in some circumstances choose not to access our accommodation, instead sleeping rough for many years. Even during the harshest of conditions like the heavy snow of earlier this year, many entrenched individuals continued sleeping out. In these circumstances, our Outreach team works directly with them on a daily basis.

 

  • Funding for a multi-disciplinary team to work with hard to reach rough sleepers has recently been secured. The team will include a mental health nurse, a dedicated counselling service and increased substance misuse support.

 

  • We have developed an advocacy service with partners to help individuals who have intermittent periods of rough sleeping and a pattern evictions and abandoning placements.

 

  • Around 40% of the people sleeping rough in Cardiff come from outside the city and have no local connection. This results in added pressure on services. We work with partners to find the right solution for each individual and, where appropriate, help reconnect them to their home area.