Having no where to go to sleep tonight is one of the most isolating and lonely experiences you’ll ever face.
If you have not already burnt all of your bridges wth family members and friends, sleeping on their sofas then they are among the first people you should ask for help.
City YMCA London do not have emergency beds that we can offer you but there are organisations out their that do. Here’s where to start:
Rough sleeping in Islington
If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough in Islington, you can contact StreetLink who can connect the rough sleeper to the local support and services they need.
Should I ask people about their situation?
There is no need to approach someone you don’t know to ask them about their situation. This is the job of local services.
What about people I have seen sleeping rough for a long time?
Some people may have a longer history of rough sleeping, be known to local services and may require longer term support to help them leave the streets. This can include people who suffer with mental health issues.
What if I know someone who is homeless but they are not sleeping rough?
Rough sleeping is the most visible sign of homelessness. Other people who find themselves homeless can contact the council's Housing Aid Team.
What about people who are on the street but who may not be rough sleeping?
Some people who appear to be sleeping rough may be engaged in street activities, such as drinking or begging, but in fact have somewhere to stay. You can still alert StreetLink as it is always better to get in touch about someone you think may be rough sleeping, so that local services can provide support if needed.
0800 088 6686 www.rehab-recovery.co.uk
A free and national helpline assisting people suffering from addiction and mental heath problems.