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Dorset Signs Up To Streetlink

The Dorset Rough Sleepers Partnership (a partnership of all the six Local Authority housing departments in Dorset) is proud to announce they officially support Streetlink.

Streetlink is a hotline number, smartphone app download and website which enables concerned members of the public to help connect a rough sleeper with local advice and services.

The Dorset Rough Sleepers Partnership will also be adopting the government’s official No Second Night policy, ensuring that rough sleepers do not have to spend a second night sleeping rough on the streets in Dorset.

These initiatives have been made available through the Single Homeless Prevention Fund. The Dorset Rough Sleepers Partnership has been awarded £304,000.

Over 2000 people are estimated to be sleeping rough on any one night in England and being homeless can damage your physical and mental health. Evidence suggests that many could be easily helped but they are simply not aware of the services available to them. The Department of Communities and Local Government recorded 39 rough sleepers across Dorset in 2012.

The Streetlink Service harnesses the vast public desire to help and tackle the confusion. New research shows that nearly half (48%) of all adults said they felt guilt when they see a rough sleeper and do not know the best way to help; 46% would welcome an easy way to take action.

Cllr Peter Adams, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing, Borough of Poole, said: "By signing up to Streetlink, housing authorities across Dorset are offering residents a simple way to help people they see sleeping rough. It is never easy to witness a person in that situation and a call to Streetlink could make a massive difference to someone."

Streetlink is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government as part of the government’s commitment to end rough sleeping in England.

People can take action by calling: 0300 500 0914 or at www.streetlink.org.uk or by downloading the free app. Posters will be displayed in a number of locations across the county, including libraries, medical centres and stickers will be displayed on parking machines in Dorset.