Help for the homeless in Haringey this winter
Haringey has been awarded additional funding to assist people who are homeless or rough sleeping in the borough this winter.
A grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will allow Haringey to provide up to three months’ accommodation for rough sleepers for the period from October 2019 to April 2020, with additional services including specialist GP clinics and a bespoke fund to help women. Additionally, the restrictions preventing councils from offering most forms of support to EEA nationals have been lifted over winter. This will make a particularly big impact in Haringey, where 60-75% of people sleeping rough are non-British EU nationals.
As usual during winter, our Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) will be in place, coming into force when temperatures drop below 0˚C. While the SWEP is operational, we open emergency bed spaces in our hostels to give people sleeping rough some respite from the weather.
Our aspiration is that these programmes will mean anyone who faces rough sleeping in Haringey this winter will have both access to support and a safe place to stay.
Haringey CCG is also one of only seven areas in England to be funded by NHS England to establish mental health services for rough sleepers. The service will be led by Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust and will provide an outreach team comprised of NHS and voluntary sector staff, who will engage rough sleepers in need of assistance and seek to support them with the toll that mental ill-health is having on their lives. It will also help people get treatment for physical health conditions and access the wider NHS, accommodation and support services they need.
There’s more help for people at risk of homelessness in Haringey following the opening of Mulberry Junction, our new dedicated resource centre in Tottenham for single people affected by or at risk of homelessness, offering them support to achieve their personal goals.
The centre, located on Tottenham High Road, is open to adults between the ages of 18 and 50, and offers a holistic approach including support and advice on housing, finance, health and wellbeing. Service users will also have access to a medical room, laundry facilities and will be able to get a hot drink and shower. Housing support and advice, as well as assessment for our supported accommodation services, will be available from November onwards.
Cllr Sarah James, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said:
Winter can be particularly dangerous – or even deadly – for people who are sleeping rough. Our team works exceptionally hard to assist people who are homeless in Haringey. While of course we will be using these extra resources to offer more help to the most vulnerable in our community, the reality is that the only way to end the tragedy of homelessness is for the Government to put an end to 10 years of austerity and properly fund our public services.
Mulberry Junction is open on weekdays, at 8.30am – 6pm every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and at 1.30 – 6pm on Wednesdays.
Some of the above services rely on referrals, so you can help. If you do see someone sleeping rough, please contact Streetlink on 0300 500 0914 or through www.streetlink.org.uk – it could save someone’s life this winter.