In the UK there are more than 4,000 rough sleepers, which is 16% more than last year, however Bournemouth has seen a decrease in these numbers.
Alan Watton, who used to be homeless, said that “There are more opportunities in Bournemouth for people in need to get living accommodation.
“The YMCA assisted me when I was homeless by providing food, they got me involved in health and safety as well as hygiene courses. They put me through different organisations, and if it wasn’t for them I would still be homeless today.”
Although success has been achieved with tackling homelessness, it remains one of the major issues to be solved both locally and nationally, especially in the winter time.
Paul Tucker, Campaigns and Communication manager of the The Bournemouth Churches Housing Association said: “At the moment if the temperatures are plummeting, there is a helpline if you see somebody on the street you can contact.”
To report a rough sleeper you can use Streetlink, either online or using the helpline Tucker mentioned at 0300 500 0914.
The Bournemouth Council has also created a 5- year strategy for the period from 2015 – 2020, which will include an emergency accommodation placements review, review of current homelessness strategy, rough sleeper task and finish group and a welfare reform.