Help a rough sleeper

Help to end rough sleeping

There are many reasons why somebody might find themselves without anywhere to live and end up rough sleeping on the streets.

In Royal Greenwich, there are very few people who end up in this situation and we are working to reduce the number to zero.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich's housing and support services are very successful in preventing homelessness, but where rough-sleeping does occur, it is important that people are given help and support to get off the streets as soon as possible.

What is classed as sleeping rough

A person 'sleeping rough' may be on the street, in doorways, parks or bus shelters. They could also be in buildings or other places not designed for habitation such as barns, sheds, car parks, cars, derelict boats, stations, or 'bashes'. These are not necessarily the people that are involved in begging or drinking on the streets.

What we can do

We work in partnership with the homelessness charity Thames Reach (London Street Rescue) to meet with rough sleepers, carry out assessments and provide support.

We look at options to reconnect people to their own area, or to support them to find accommodation, usually in the private rented sector, in Royal Greenwich.

What you can do

We need you to let us know when you spot a rough-sleeper in your local area.

Report a rough sleeper (Street Link)

Outreach workers will attempt to contact the person, based on the information you provide, so try to give an accurate description of them and their exact location.

You may be asked for your email address so the outreach worker can let you know the outcome.

All information you provide will be held in the strictest confidence.

Homeless people not sleeping rough

Most single homeless people are not sleeping rough, but are 'sofa surfing' and staying between family and friends. The council provides advice and help to single homeless people, and provides accommodation to many who are particularly vulnerable.

For more information about housing or homelessness in Royal Greenwich, contact the Housing Options service.

Contact Housing Options and Support Service

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (Out of office hours, call 020 8854 8888)

The Woolwich Centre,
35 Wellington Street,
Woolwich SE18 6HQ