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Bedford charities to benefit from support for rough sleepers during pandemic

King’s Arms Project and Emmaus Village Carlton are among the 132 charities awarded a share of £6m of government funding announced by the Homelessness Minister Luke Hall today (Sunday 7 June 2020).

The funding is to help the charities to continue to support those experiencing homelessness during coronavirus and beyond. This includes providing beds for those who need it as well as the specialist physical and mental health help they need to recover from life on the streets.

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Bedford Borough Council opening emergency beds for rough sleepers every night throughout the winter

Rough sleepers in Bedford Borough will be able to access emergency beds every night throughout the winter -not just when temperatures drop below freezing.

For the second successive year in Bedford Borough accommodation will be available every night throughout the winter to 31 March.

This is on top of existing accommodation which provides 39 beds for rough sleepers throughout the year at the ‘Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub’ run by SMART in the town centre and the Kings Arms Project Nightshelter.

The announcement follows the opening of the ‘Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub’. This is open 24 hours a day and provides short-term accommodation and wrap-around support for rough sleepers. A number of multi-agency professionals work together from the Hub providing advice from a variety of support services to help people get back into a home and living independently.

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‘Somewhere Safe to Stay’ in the heart of Bedford Town Centre

Bedford Borough Council has extended services for people sleeping rough with the opening of an ‘Assessment & Somewhere Safe to Stay’ Hub. The Hub will be open 24 hours a day, offering emergency homelessness advice and somewhere safe for people who are sleeping rough to stay for a short time.

Professional advice will be on offer from a variety of support services to help people find the best way back into a settled home.

Bedford has seen a reduction in the number of people sleeping rough on the streets. The most recent Annual Rough Sleeper Estimate showed that a third fewer people were sleeping rough from 76 in November 2017 to 51 in November 2018.

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Increased night time shelter for Bedford’s rough sleepers

Twenty overnight beds are now available to rough sleepers in Bedford Borough.

Working in partnership with SMART, who run the Prebend Day Centre and extended outreach services, Bedford Borough Council is providing twenty overnight beds which are available every night until 31st March.

These beds are available by referral only, are managed by street outreach teams, and anyone being supported by the Outreach Services is able to register for a bed each night. People who are sleeping rough are encouraged to attend the Prebend Day centre to receive support from outreach teams, which enables them to access the winter beds.

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Bedford Borough support for rough sleepers over winter

The ‘Severe Weather Emergency Protocol’ which has operated for a number of years is in place again this winter. A shelter, run by The Salvation Army, will open when the temperatures are forecast below freezing for three or more consecutive nights.

This year the shelter will be run at their outreach centre on Kennedy Road, off Elstow Road, Bedford.

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