Council increases emergency winter accommodation

Emergency accommodation across West Suffolk is being increased to ensure there are enough beds to cater for homeless people this winter while also maintaining Covid-19 safety measures.

The council has increased its temporary and emergency accommodation provision over the past few years and continues to use temporary accommodation provided by registered providers in addition to accommodation which is ring-fenced for rough sleepers.

West Suffolk Council has invested its own money and been successful in securing government grant funding to provide additional accommodation, including extra hotel rooms for the winter months.

In the summer the council secured the use of 15 temporary cabins to house people who may otherwise be out on the streets and these will remain in use over the winter whilst alternative housing is found for residents.

Although the number of people rough sleeping can vary on an almost daily basis, there are currently 10 people known to be rough sleeping in West Suffolk, seven of whom have previously been accommodated by the council.

The council is continuing to try to engage with people who are rough sleeping in West Suffolk and encourage them to take up the support and accommodation available.

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