COVID-19 means that Kingdom Way Trust and the Eastbourne churches are unable this winter to offer the same dormitory-style winter night shelter accommodation as has been provided for the past 9 years. However, the Local Authority are committed to make winter accommodation provision available.
Eastbourne Borough Council have responded to the need to provide single room accommodation in the current situation. They have leased three 6-bed properties to provide additional temporary accommodation known/verified rough sleepers. This will run very differently from the Winter Night Shelter and the Rough Sleeping Initiative (RSI) team will take responsibility for assessing and placing residents and for managing the houses.
There isn’t a referral route to the winter provision directly: referrals should be made to Streetlink via https://www.streetlink.org.uk/ as they can at any time through the year. Streetlink can also be called at 0300 500 0914. As these referrals come through, the Council will make offers to all known/verified rough sleepers. Some of these will be winter provision; some will have other more suitable accommodation depending on their needs.
Additionally, rough sleepers are encouraged to approach the Housing Needs Team at 01323 410000 for an assessment, if they haven’t already done so.
SWEP will operate again this year. Notification will be sent to partner agencies when SWEP is activated/deactivated. As regards access, the Housing Needs Team (01323 410000) should be contacted during office hours; and the Out of Hours number (01323 644422) after 5.00pm or over the weekend.
The RSI team have asked the Winter Night Shelter volunteers to continue to be involved in this Winter Temporary Accommodation. Due to the Covid-19 guidelines we are restricted in how much interaction will be possible with residents.
We are providing hot meals each day and some social interaction with residents during the evenings and at weekends.
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