Rough Sleeping

If you’re at risk of homelessness within the next 56 days contact the Homelessness Prevention Service

We works with a range of partners including homelessness charities, specialist substance misuse and mental health organisations, and community groups to ensure rough sleepers are provided with appropriate support, and an offer of a route off the streets.

What to do if you are rough sleeping or are aware of somebody rough sleeping

If you are rough sleeping or are aware of somebody rough sleeping, you can either:

  1. Alert the local authority and outreach services by making a referral to Streetlink (external link) on 0300 500 0914.
    Streetlink is run in partnership between Homeless Link and St. Mungo’s, and is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Greater London Authority and the Welsh Government. Streetlink connects members of the public and their knowledge of rough sleepers, to the local services.
  2. Support or advise the rough sleeper, to present as homeless at a Customer Service Centre at either Wood Green Library or Marcus Garvey Library.

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Rough sleeping in very cold weather

Haringey has a Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP), which opens during periods of severe weather, providing shelter to rough sleepers. Access to the provision is via the Outreach services, Homes for Haringey, Haringey Council or Met Police.

If you are concerned about an individual sleeping rough during severe weather, please contact Streetlink (external link) who can help organise shelter for them.

It's also possible to self-refer to Streetlink either online or on 0300 500 0914 if you may be at risk of sleeping outside when a SWEP is in force.

In Haringey, there are a number of commissioned and non-commissioned services, meeting the needs of those individuals who sleep rough:

Outreach services

Specialist services

Night shelters

Soup kitchens

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Joint borough work to support rough sleepers on Stroud Green

Find out how we're supporting rough sleepers under the railway bridge on Stroud Green Road:

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Other initiatives to support rough sleepers

News stories


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Page last updated:

December 8, 2022

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