Samantha Preston project manager, said the scheme aims to provide somewhere “warm and dry” for the homeless. The ultimate goal is to get Bournemouth’s rough sleepers into local housing.
Last year the scheme managed to help 72 homeless individuals across three months. This year with an extra two beds they are hoping for more.
Samantha says she has “definitely seen an increase in rough sleepers.” She estimates that each year the number of homeless roaming Bournemouth’s streets trebles.
Even though Samantha believes it’s not the best option, she said:“They do their best with what they have.”
Samantha blames the issue on the cutting of government funding. She said:“We can only scratch the surface of the problem.”
The charity scheme relies on donations to keep afloat and helping Bournemouth’s homeless. If you wish to donate text BCHA02 £1 to 70070.