If you are sleeping rough, or know of someone who is sleeping rough, and need help to get into temporary accommodation whilst the SWEP is active, call our housing options team on 01543 308703/308709/308711 or outside of office hours call 01543 574480.
We have a severe weather emergency protocol (SWEP), which is designed to help rough sleepers off the streets during severe weather by providing emergency temporary accommodation.
The protocol is activated when the predicted night time temperature is likely to be zero degrees Celsius or less for three consecutive nights. When the protocol is activated, anyone who is rough sleeping can contact us to access emergency temporary accommodation, regardless of their eligibility under homelessness legislation.
Find out more about the SWEP and check if it's currently active.
In this section you can find information on the work that our Housing Strategy Team does to understand and address housing needs in the district.
We produce a range of strategies and plans, which outline how we will work in partnership to meet our priorities for housing that are set in our Housing Strategy 2013 – 17.
We also work with our housing association partners to try to develop a wide range of new affordable homes.
In addition to this we monitor the number of empty homes in the district, and work to try and bring them back into use. For more information, see the empty properties page.
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