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Housing Advice and Homelessness

Housing Advice and Homelessness

Rough Sleepers and Severe Weather Arrangements

Rough Sleepers

Braintree District Council work in partnership with Chess to provide a rough sleeper outreach service in the Braintree District area.

This is a Rough Sleeper Initiative funded project from The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government via Essex County Council.

The purpose of the funding is to relieve and prevent Rough Sleeping in the Mid-Essex area  (Braintree, Chelmsford, Epping Forest and Maldon).

 Chess will be providing the following services:

  1. Interventions to prevent Rough Sleeping
  2. Work with rough sleepers to help them off the streets
  3. Rapid assessment of client needs
  4. Help to move rough sleepers into private rented accommodation
  5. Support to prevent people from re-entering the system

If you are a rough sleeper or you are concerned about a rough sleeper, please alert Chess via the StreetLink website.

Giving money to an individual may be a natural response when faced with someone who appears to be street homeless, but it will not address the fundamental reason/s why that individual is in that position. Members of the community who would like to help those who are homeless can contact charity groups working to make a real change.

Local Organisations working with rough sleepers in the district include:

Severe Weather Emergency Provision (SWEP)

Braintree District Council work in partnership with The Salvation Army (New Direction Centre) to offer a SWEP provision.

SWEP arrangements are initiated when the night time temperature is predicted to be zero degrees or below for three consecutive nights. The SWEP may also apply in the event of other exceptional adverse weather conditions.

When SWEP is in place, the Housing Options Team seeks to ensure that no one has to sleep out on the streets, including those without recourse to public funds.

Homeless Emergencies

If you become homeless outside of office hours and are unable to make your own short-term arrangements until the next working day, the homelessness duty officer can be reached via the Council's 24 hour number - 01376 552525.