Accommodation found for rough sleepers in Dorset

Accommodation found for rough sleepers in Dorset

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 11:38am 1st April 2020. (Updated at 11:40am 1st April 2020)

Dorset Council has found accommodation for 22 people sleeping rough.

The government has told councils to house the homeless during the pandemic.

8 of the people being looked after came from the Bus Shelter project in Weymouth.

'Help turned down'

Dorset Council say two rough sleepers have been more difficult to find and talk to.

They have been offered somewhere to stay but have refused for personal reasons, saying the wish to remain where they are for now.  

The local authority says Housing officers and support workers will continue to work with these people and discuss alternative options.  

Where possible well-being checks will also be made.

homeless rough sleeper

Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, Portfolio holder for housing at Dorset Council said:  

"I would like to thank all our partners, housing officers and local accommodation providers who have worked together to make this possible and provide safe and secure accommodation for our rough sleepers during this challenging time." 

'Are you worried about someone sleeping rough?'

If you are aware of someone sleeping rough who is not being supported, please report this online at StreetLink: streetlink.org.uk