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Here is how you can help rough sleepers find shelter in Havering as temperatures drop

PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:13 18 December 2018

Homelessness is on the rise in the borough. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Homelessness is on the rise in the borough. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Rough sleepers will be housed in hostels and night shelters by Havering Council this winter as temperatures hit zero - and you can play an important role in ensuring they find respite.

Romford Town Police, took to Twitter last night (December 13) to announce that the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol has been activated in the borough.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan triggered the protocol yesterday for all borough’s across the capital, where previously shelters were opened on a borough-by-borough basis.

He said: “As the temperatures plummet tonight, all emergency shelters across London will be open.

“Our approach means shelters will now open London-wide if it falls below zero anywhere in the capital. helping us get more rough sleepers off the streets and into support to help turn their lives around.

Councillor Joshua Chapman, cabinet member for housing, said: “With the dramatic drop in temperature, our severe weather protocol is now in place, which means that no one needs to sleep rough on the streets of Havering.

“Our emergency shelter and hostels are geared up to offer food, and to provide rough sleepers with advice, care and access to longer term accommodation.”

How to help

Residents have an imporant role to play, Mayor Khan said, in reporting anyone they see sleeping rough through website StreetLink.

Outreach workers will visit those reported to get them indoors.

Go to streetlink for more information streetlink.org.uk/

If a member of the public does see someone sleeping rough on the streets, they can contact the council via https://www.havering.gov.uk/info/20001/housing/331/rough_sleepers_in_havering

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