StreetLink is a new website and telephone service which will enable the public to alert local authorities in England about rough sleepers in their area. StreetLink aims to offer the public a means to act when they see someone sleeping rough and is the first step someone can take to ensure rough sleepers are connected to the local services and support available to them.
The website is already live www.streetlink.org.uk but the telephone line and full service will be launched to the public in December.
The details provided by a member of the public will be sent to the local authority, so they can help connect the person to local services and support.
The person reporting the problem will receive details of the action the local authroity normally takes when they are told someone is sleeping rough. StreetLink will also contact the Council within ten working days to find out what has happened as a result of the alert and, if requested, provide the person who made the report with an update.
Anyone can become homeless, and sleeping rough is not only dangerous but can also have a long-term effect on an individual's health. Evidence suggests that some individuals sleeping rough may not be known to local services while not all rough sleepers are aware that advice and services are are available to them.
StreetLink aims to help address this by providing the first step the public can take to ensure rough sleepers are connected to the local services and support available to them. StreetLink is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government as part of their commitment to end rough sleeping in England.