Mark Prisk: give rough sleepers hotline details, not food and money
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities
People looking to help rough sleepers should point them in the direction of a new helpline rather than giving them a hand out, Mark Prisk has said.
Speaking at the launch of StreetLink, a national hotline and website service that connects rough sleepers with local help services, the housing minister commented that while people might want to help, they often don't know what to do.
The service has been developed by charities Homeless Link and Broadway with support from the Government.
The MP said that StreetLink offers rough sleepers a “hand up, not a hand out” and that concerned members of the public would be better to direct those they see on the street to the service rather than handing out money or food.
Mr Prisk said: "With the nights getting colder, many people will be wondering how they can help when they see someone facing a night on the streets. StreetLink will give them the chance to make a real difference.
"This new service will help rough sleepers across the country to connect with their local services, offering the help and advice they need to get back on track. So save the StreetLink number, 0300 500 0914, onto your phone, download the app or bookmark the webpage today. Your action could help a rough sleeper get out of the cold and into long-term support."