Hemel Hempstead residents have taken to social media to express their concern after seeing an increase in rough sleepers in town.
People mentioned how due to the pandemic they were helped in finding temporary accomodation and queries if that had ended.
They also mentioned it is too cold for them to be on the streets, especially during this time of year.
One person wrote: “I noticed this in town on Saturday so sad they were so cold it nearly made me cry.”
Another person said: “My Nan, was worried about the homeless and transferred me money to help them, 3 guys that I spoke to said they needed warm socks and jumpers so I bought them warm stuff from Primark including thermal base layers and they were over the moon.”
HemelNews spoke to a spokesperson from Dacorum Borough Council who said:
“The three rough sleepers in Hemel Hempstead town centre are known to our Homeless Prevention and Outreach team. Dacorum Street Outreach team visit known locations of rough sleepers and newly reported rough sleepers on a daily basis to offer help, advice and support – including access to accommodation.
“We also work in partnership with DENS – a charity which manages The Elms hostel in Hemel Hempstead. The Elms provides accommodation for 44 homeless people. The hostel runs a severe weather emergency facility between October and March, to ensure that rough sleepers do not need to sleep out during winter.
“We are committed to providing support and assistance to people facing homelessness, and in line with Communities secretary Robert Jenrick’s ‘Protect Programme’, bringing all rough sleepers and those at risk of rough sleeping into accommodation during the pandemic. Unfortunately, despite ongoing work with several clients, not all go on to accept offers of support or accommodation.
Help and advice for homeless people or those at risk of homelessness is available by contacting the Homeless Prevention team on 01442 228000 or out of hours on 0800 018 6050.
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