Brighton City Council is opening homeless shelters over the Christmas period

Homeless shelters opened over Christmas to help those sleeping on the streets.

The Severe Weather Emergency Protocol shelter opened on Christmas Eve and will remain open through tomorrow, December 28th. The emergency shelter will also be open from New Year’s Eve to Monday 2 January.

Brighton and Hove City Council have also opened their No Second Night Out accommodation to offer a way off the streets for those who are struggling to sleep.

Brighton and Hove Councilor David Gibson, Co-Chair of the Housing Committee, said: “We are opening SWEP to provide warm, safe accommodation and ensure there is food and drink available for anyone who needs it.

“With rents rising and evictions mounting, the pressure on the homeless amid the cost-of-living crisis is intense. It feels like we’re pushing a boulder uphill, so I want to thank the officials, partners and the many volunteers for the hard work and excellent support they provide – and for their dedication to making sure the people they love need support available Christmas.

“Our priority remains to provide safe housing for those sleeping on the streets.”

The SWEP refuge is open at various times throughout the winter, e.g. B. when there is a yellow weather warning or temperatures of zero degrees Celsius are forecast.

The shelter can be entered through referrals from the Street Response Team, who go in search of rough sleepers when the protocol is active.

During the recent cold weather, the SWEP shelter housed almost 50 rough sleepers.

As well as St Mungo’s homeless charity, the City Council has also reopened emergency shelter No Second Night Out, which helps to help people getting off the streets.

Cllr Gibson added: “It’s also great news to see that ‘No Second Night Out’ has reopened in time for Christmas.

“It all adds up to a wide range of shelters and support across the city to help people get off the streets. They also give us the opportunity to work closely with people and offer them support to end their homelessness.”

Anyone who is concerned that someone is having a bad night’s sleep can report it through the Steetlink website. Brighton City Council is opening homeless shelters over the Christmas period

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