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Snapshot of rough sleepers show five were on Fenland's streets on one night last autumn

According to latest Government figures there were five people sleeping rough in this district when the latest 'snapshot' into the issue was carried out last autumn.

The rough sleeping snapshot, published on Thursday (25), estimates the number of people on the streets on a single night - this year that was one night between October 1 and November 30.

A spokesperson for Fenland District Council said: "The latest rough sleeper count figures show a 55 per cent drop in the number of rough sleepers in Fenland since 2019, and a 78 per cent decrease since 2018, which demonstrates the huge strides we’re making with our fantastic partners on our Homelessness Strategy and Rough Sleeping Action Plan towards ending rough sleeping for good.

Snapshot shows number of people sleeping rough has fallen.
Snapshot shows number of people sleeping rough has fallen.

"There has been a tremendous effort to rehouse rough sleepers during the pandemic as part of the Government’s national ‘Everyone In’ campaign and we’re working incredibly hard to support as many as possible into settled, long-term accommodation and to ensure nobody has to return to the streets.

“We do however recognise that there is strict criteria relating to how the rough sleeper count is carried out, and therefore acknowledge that this can under represent the actual rough sleeper figures. Although excellent progress is being made, we are not complacent and we implore the public to get in touch with us whenever they see evidence of rough sleeping.

"You can email us on housingadvice@fenland.gov.uk or call 01354 654321 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We actively respond to all rough sleeping cases as soon as we are made aware of them and do not give up on those who do not wish to be supported in the first instance.

“We are also continuing to work with Cambridgeshire County Council, Clarion Housing and Living Plus on bringing the acclaimed ‘Housing First’ approach to Fenland to further our work and seize the opportunities presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

" Housing First provides rough sleepers with an independent home first, followed by intensive wrap-around support to address their other needs. We are developing this approach with partners to implement the model jointly for the first time across the whole of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.”

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