Homelessness

Support for homeless people

Contact our Housing Options Service for information about organisations in this area who can assist with a range of solutions which may prevent you becoming homeless including the provision of:

  • mediation - for those who have been asked to leave by their family or friends.
  • additional security measures for people who are, or have been experiencing domestic violence. Assistance may be offered through a referral to the “Bobby Scheme” which can give security advice and provide security measures within the home
  • support to help you manage – a referral to the Independent Living Team to help you manage your tenancy if you are struggling.

Services for homeless people

National homelessness organisation, Homeless Link (link opens in new window), provide a wealth of information for people who are facing homelessness, including a directory of accommodation and support services. 

Local organisations that can help

Rough Sleepers Partnership

Contact The Rough Sleepers Partnership if you, or someone you know, is sleeping rough or at risk of sleeping rough in the Central Bedfordshire area.

Central Bedfordshire Council has an agreement with The Rough Sleepers Partnership to provide street outreach support in this area.

Reports made through the national rough sleeping reporting line Streetlink (link opens in new window) are forwarded direct to The Rough Sleeping Partnership to provide the earliest support for anyone sleeping rough.

The Rough Sleeping Partnership provide services across Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes and can be contacted as follows.

Email: info@roughsleeperpartnership.co.uk

Assessment Hubs

Central Milton Keynes and Bletchley: hosted by Open Door MK

Mondays: 11am to 2pm
Fridays: 10:30am to 1pm

These are held at:

Salvation Army
Ramsons Ave
Conniburrow
Milton Keynes
MK14 7BA

Wednesdays: 11am to 2pm

These are held at:

Queensway Methodist Church Hall
Queensway
Bletchley
Milton Keynes
MK2 2HB

Bedford Borough: hosted by SMART

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 2pm to 5pm

These are held at:

SMART Prebend Centre
Prebend Street
Bedford
MK40 1QW

Luton: Hosted by Signposts Luton

Mondays: midday to 4pm
Fridays: 10am to 2pm

These are held at:

106 Old Bedford Road
Luton
LU2 7TD

Central Bedfordshire

The assessment hub will be in a new outreach van - coming soon.

Referrals for this project can be made by individuals or agencies, such as healthcare providers, members of the public or statutory services.

Amicus Trust

Amicus Trust
31 Prebend Street
Bedford
MK40 1QN

Contact Amicus Trust for assistance with supported accommodation or for assistance from the Night Owl Bus. The Night Owl Shelter is a well-equipped bus with reclining seats that provides overnight accommodation and support for people in immediate crisis.

Telephone: 01234 358478 
Email:info@amicustrust.org

Or visit the Amicus Trust Night Shelter (link opens in new window) for more information.

Severe cold weather arrangements in Central Bedfordshire for people sleeping rough

Our Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) is instigated when the temperature is forecast to drop to zero degrees (or below) for three consecutive nights.

Notification of services being available is sent to a range of organisations which provide services for people sleeping rough.

SWEP provision is for those without accommodation and services are not extended to those who have accommodation available to them.

Service details for winter 2018 - 2019 will be available in November 2018.

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