What to do if you are rough sleeping or see someone sleeping rough
Firstly we recommend you contact Streetlink – the rough sleeper referral service for England and Wales. You can either call 0300 500 0914, visit the website (www.streetlink.org.uk) or download the app (Apple or Android). Streetlink will then be able to connect rough sleepers with local street outreach teams or other support in the local area. The service accepts calls from the public and self-referrals from current rough sleepers.
If you are immediately concerned about the health of a rough sleeper, dial 999 for the emergency services.
The local street outreach teams for Bedfordshire are Noah Enterprise and The Kings Arms Project.
It is vital that anyone who finds themselves homeless registers with the housing department of their local council. In some situations the local council may have a duty of care to immediately rehouse an individual. All 3 of the Bedfordshire based Councils have a local connection policy associated with housing which means those who don’t meet the policy’s criteria will not be eligible for housing.
Please click on the link below for your local council to read about their specific homeless information and contact details
Central Bedfordshire http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/housing/homelessness/homeless.aspx
Beds Borough Council http://www.bedford.gov.uk/housing/homelessness_and_prevention/homelessness.aspx
There is emergency nightshelter accommodation in Bedford which can be reached on 01234 266085 and in Luton on 01582 400016
Most YMCA Bedfordshire hostels can only take referrals from designated organisations however The Foyer can take a number of self referrals. Do contact them directly on 01234 220510 to see if you are eligible to self refer.