Watford Borough Council have partnered up with local homelessness charity; New Hope, to help upgrade the town’s cold weather shelter programme this winter.
The new pilot initiative, Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP+), has been running since December 2018 and has sheltered 42 different individuals in their night shelter and has moved five rough sleepers into accommodation.
This winter, the council and New Hope are going the extra mile by providing shelter for homeless people every single night until the end of March, no matter the temperature.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “This service not only provides a bed for the night, but also access to the fantastic services that New Hope provides.”
It will be providing shelter for those who are sleeping rough in Watford when temperatures are dipping below zero this winter.
Chief executive of New Hope, Matthew Heasman, said: “SWEP+ has enabled many vulnerable individuals to sleep somewhere warm, safe and dry and to take positive steps forward.
“Over 60 people have volunteered from all walks of life; local politicians and church leaders as well as people who have had personal experience of rough sleeping.”
The council and New Hope are encouraging those who see someone sleeping rough to call New Hope’s helpline 033 012 0168 or report their position with the Streetlink app on your mobile phone.