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Relaunch of the Churches Rent Deposit Scheme

World Homeless Day 10 October 2020 A fund to support people at risk of homelessness has been relaunched on the 10th anniversary of World Homeless Day.  The aim of this global day is to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness, while […]

Southampton September Conference – “No one comes off the streets due to the work of one agency”

Southampton Street Support Action Group held their sixth conference last week. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions this one was the first that was online. It was well attended by agencies, local government, the voluntary sector, councillors and our local MP’s. The conference gathered to hear reports of the work with those sleeping rough over the […]

Good news on the Radio

Paul Woodman, chair of the Street Support Action Group was interviewed on Radio Solent on the day of the recent conference in Southampton (10 Sept) to outline the collaborative working taking place in the city.  Paul spoke about how the change of government policy called “Everyone in” has given new opportunities to some people that […]

Covid-19 provides move on success

When the lockdown for Covid-19 started there was much concern over the situation of the street homeless. The government made a request to local authorities to “get everyone in” and offered funding for this. In Southampton, the City Council worked closely with the partner organisations forming the charter and has had great success not only […]

Feeding those on the street under lockdown

Under the current lockdown restrictions many of the charities that provide meals and food for the homeless have been required to close services as the only way to comply with the social distancing regulations. This has meant that for the homeless who are choosing to stay on the streets, the usual sources of their meals […]

Coronavirus support to rough sleepers

CIVIC chiefs, volunteers and community groups are coming together to support homeless people across the city amid the coronavirus outbreak.  Hand sanitisers will be given to people sleeping rough while city bosses have confirmed that current support services will continue to operate over the coming months. The news comes as residents have been urged to […]

News from Southampton Summit

On 10 March people gathered to hear about progress made addressing the issue of homelessness in the city during the last year.  At the summit they were told how services have been improved over the past two years, with recent figures showing that the number of people sleeping rough in Southampton has reduced by 48% […]

Southampton Winter Shelter

From Sunday 12th January 2020 to Sunday 9th February 2020, seven churches across Southampton opened up their doors to rough sleepers for a pilot project of the Churches Winter Night Shelter. The churches included City Life Church, Victory Gospel Church, Saint Mary’s Church, St Deny’s Church, St Mark’s Church, Above Bar Church and Central Baptist […]

New services for those sleeping rough

Southampton churches opened their buildings to those sleeping rough this winter with a new Winter Shelter. They have recruited 160 volunteers to operate the service which runs at various churches in the city centre. It follows a city-wide partnership commitment to end the need for rough sleeping in the city. The Street Support partnership believes […]

Homeless questions answered

An artist who emailed 110 councils seeking basic advice for homeless people says only 10 replied fully. Anthony Luvera asked authorities across the UK about access to shelter, safety, food, and healthcare. Of those asked, 41 did not respond at all, while 59 either sent an auto-reply or pointed to organisations or charities offering help […]