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Rough Sleeping

West Berkshire Council is committed to preventing and ending rough sleeping in the area.

The Preventing Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2020 to 2025 sets out the Councils aims and objectives for tackling rough sleeping in the district.

Support is available to those who are sleeping rough or are at risk of sleeping rough. Individuals or support agencies should contact the Housing Options Team to discuss their situation.

Helping a rough sleeper

If you want to report a rough sleeper to get them help, please do not approach them directly. This makes sure that there is no risk to the person making the report. It also makes sure that rough sleepers are not approached many times by different people asking them the same questions.

If you identify or come into contact with someone who is homeless or sleeping rough, please contact Streetlink or the Housing team.

Please note any known or obvious details about the rough sleeper, including:

  • their gender
  • estimated age
  • any obvious vulnerabilities they might have
  • the location they were identified at or last seen in
  • if possible, whether you think that they are new to the street or a long-term rough sleeper

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