Help for Rough Sleepers in Barnet
Rough sleeping is the most visible and damaging form of homelessness, where someone finds themselves sleeping on the streets. Rough sleeping can be a complicated problem to solve, as many and complex factors are often involved. The Barnet Homes Rough Sleeper Team works to reduce rough sleeping in the borough by delivering and coordinating a range of services for rough sleepers. We work with a range of partners and our joint aim is to ensure that no one need sleep rough in the borough.
Barnet Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub
Our 17 bed rough sleeper assessment hub provides an immediate “off the streets” offer for rough sleepers. With support provided by Homeless Action in Barnet, this is a short stay for assessment and support with the aim to move occupants on to sustainable long-term accommodation.
Rough Sleeper Accommodation Pathway
We have funding to purchase an allocation of 55 homes to be used as long-term accommodation for rough sleepers. These are let on 2-year tenancies at the London Affordable Rent, with ongoing support provided to the tenants.
What to do if you are aware of somebody rough sleeping
If you are rough sleeping, or aware of someone rough sleeping, you can alert our Rough Sleeper Team and outreach services by making a Streetlink referral. You can contact StreetLink via the website, https://www.streetlink.london/or if you cannot access the internet you can also get in touch via their phone line on 0300 500 0914.
StreetLink is a non-profit organisation managed and delivered by Homeless Link in partnership with St Mungo’s. It is principally funded by the UK Government, with additional funding from the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Welsh Government.
Rough Sleeping in Severe Weather
Barnet has a Severe Weather Emergency Protocol which operates during periods of severe weather to provide emergency accommodation for all rough sleepers in the borough. Access to this provision is through Outreach services, Barnet Homes Housing Options Service and Homeless Action Barnet. If you are concerned about a person sleeping rough during periods of severe weather, please contact Streetlink.
Barnet Homes Housing Options
Homelessness and housing support.
If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless you should contact Barnet Homes as soon as possible on 020 8610 3539.
Other Services for Rough Sleepers
36B Woodhouse Road, London N12 0RG
Drop-in Monday to Friday 9am to 12.30pm
A day centre providing a range of services to rough sleepers in the borough. These include hot meals, showers and laundry facilities, access to medical services, free internet access, a clothes store, housing advice and support.
Benefits adviser from the DWP on a Thursday.
Change Grow Live – Drug and alcohol support on Tuesdays
The charity runs a winter night shelter in the borough for rough sleepers during October to May.
Change Grow Live is the commissioned substance misuse support service in Barnet. As many rough sleepers also have substance misuse issues, CGL have been commissioned to provide specific services and support for rough sleepers with substance misuse issues, to enable them to access support and treatment including detox and rehabilitation services.