Telford & Wrekin Council offers further homeless support as season of goodwill approaches

Telford & Wrekin Council is continuing to support the homeless and offer accommodation to rough sleepers this Christmas.

Telford & Wrekin Council offers further homeless support as season of goodwill approaches

The council is making great strides to tackle homelessness across the Telford and Wrekin borough through a series of projects and initiatives.

Figures show the council has housed over 421 people who were previously rough sleeping and worked with a further 436 to prevent them rough sleeping since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.

Innovative projects across the borough include the ‘Everybody In For Good’ campaign and the Next Steps Accommodation Programme which has seen a number of former rough sleepers moving on into their own accommodation.

Through a local Rough Sleeping Taskforce with partners Maninplace, Kip@Maninplace, STAY Telford, MPFT, STARS, Telford & Wrekin Council is providing support and offers emergency accommodation to those rough sleeping or facing rough sleeping. 

Residents are reminded that if they see anyone sleeping rough over the festive period they should report it to the Housing Solutions team or call the housing hotline on 01952 381925.

The council is also appealing for donations to help people who are rough sleeping.

Cash donations, however big or small, can help local charities to provide bedding, food, toiletries, clothing and more to support those in most need.

There are many reasons why people become homeless including relationship breakdowns, family eviction or a loss of private rented accommodation.

Councillor David Wright, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Housing, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “Christmas can be a very difficult time for people who find themselves rough sleeping and homeless due to a variety of circumstances.

“We are committed to offering accommodation to any rough sleeper who is brought to our attention, not just at Christmas but all year round.”

Councillor Paul Watling, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Cooperative Communities, Engagement and Partnerships, added: “We would urge local residents to report anyone they see sleeping rough this Christmas - the season of goodwill.

“Support is available and even if rough sleepers are found emergency accommodation initially it will ensure they have a Christmas like everyone else.”

If you would like to make a cash donation to support the homeless locally you can do so here. 

Alternatively if you see anyone sleeping rough please contact our Housing Solutions team or call our housing hotline on 01952 381925.