Emergency Shelter in Freezing Weather

Help for rough sleepers during freezing weather

Emergency support is provided to rough sleepers as temperatures drop below freezing. 

Northampton Borough Council has a Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) project supporting Northampton Association for the Accommodation of the Single Homeless (NAASH) and the Hope Centre in protecting vulnerable people and keeping them safe during spells of severe weather. 

The SWEP partnership agreement between provides a warm place for rough sleepers to spend the night when the temperature falls below freezing for three consecutive nights.

The SWEP was activated on Thursday night last week (14 January) and will through to the evening of Wednesday 20 January into Thursday morning. On Thursday night 21 people used the service, 15 on Friday night, 14 on Saturday night, 12 on Sunday night, and 15 on Monday night.

Rough Sleepers should attend Oasis House during the day for an assessment. Shelter will be provided in the Hope Centre at Oasis House between 10pm at night and 7am the next morning, including bedding and food to support them through the cold weather.

When the weather improves, help will continue to be provided to those people to find homes or other assistance they need.

Know of or see anyone who could benefit from the SWEP project, please contact NAASH on 0845 206 8646.

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