Thankfully, we have a low number of people sleeping rough in Cheshire East – but one person sleeping on the streets is still one too many. That’s why we’re stepping up our policy to tackle homelessness and using £350,000 of government funding to help boost the support offered to those sleeping rough or at risk of being out on the streets.
We have appointed a rough-sleeping coordinator and are making additional beds available in Macclesfield and Crewe through our partner organisations. We’re also working with several community groups to develop ways to reduce homelessness and provide the right services to those affected.
As we look ahead to winter, our severe weather emergency procedures for rough sleepers will also be on standby. When the night time temperature is predicted to be below freezing for three nights in a row, local authorities must provide accommodation to anyone rough sleeping.
But in Cheshire East, we’ve opted to use the ‘real feel’ temperature. This means we can provide accommodation to individuals for greater periods of time and work with them to prevent them having to go back out on the streets.