Help for anyone sleeping rough this winter: Update

Published Tuesday 8 December 2020 at 17:38

The Council has today issued an update regarding what it is doing to help anyone sleeping rough this winter.

This includes the arrival and installation of 10 new self-contained cabins. This additional provision will mean nobody should need to sleep rough this winter and avoids the use of traditional communal accommodation to help prevent the spread of Covid.

We have also been made aware today of an incident in Blackburn Town Centre involving a homeless person having personal belongings cleared from the floor.

This was a Police matter that was being dealt with earlier today. The belongings weren’t removed by the Council as has been referenced on various social media posts.

Unfortunately the Council’s cleansing staff have been unfairly targeted and threatened. This will not be tolerated and has been reported to the Police.

The Council’s housing team have secured accommodation for this person, as the team have helped to do on many occasions previously. Sadly it’s up to individuals to take up the offer of accommodation – we can’t force people.

The message really needs to be that nobody needs to be sleeping rough as the Council is here to help.

The news article below gives you more information about what the Council is doing.

Cabins offer homeless people in Blackburn with Darwen a safe place to sleep this winter | The Shuttle: Blackburn with Darwen Council News

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