FOUR rough sleepers and a homeless person have been placed into permanent accommodation thanks to a new scheme run by multiple agencies in Ipswich.

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The Ipswich Locality Homelessness Partnership (ILHP) – formed by 35 agencies and stakeholders – was created last year in a bit to rid the town of homelessness and in turn transform the lives of those sleeping rough.

The group has this week revealed that accommodation had been found for five rough sleepers during the recent spell of treacherous weather conditions.

Now the group is encouraging members of the public to offer a helping hand in re-homing those in need, after it emerged that more than 20 people are sleeping rough on the streets of Ipswich every night.

Demelza Penberth, project manager for the new initiative, said the group believed homelessness was an issue for the whole community and not just the individual. She encouraged the public to help get people off the streets by using a StreetLink telephone line which alerts the local authorities about rough sleepers in their area.

The partnership launched its No Second Night Out initiative last year after it emerged more than 1,000 homeless people in the town approach hostels needing a place to stay each year.

It is hoped that the rough sleepers, the partnership and the community can work together to rid the town of homelessness.

The StreetLink service allows people to act when they see homeless people in Ipswich by reporting and referring people needing assistance.

You can call StreetLink on 0300 5000914 or you can visit www.streetlink.org.uk for further information about the nationwide scheme.

4 comments

  • The MAIN reason for the shortage of social housing is because THATCHER said you vote for me I'll let you buy your council home at a vastly reduced rate ! A lot of people whom did buy their council home could have bought in the private market like I did ! You only have to look down Sheldrake Drive, they now have block-paved driveways, Conservatories, Extensions, I bought my home on the private market and with the mortgage to pay and 2 children, we counldn't afford all these extras !, because we paid FULL market price. I'm not jealous, I've worked in Social Housing, I'm just pointing out that the principle of selling council homes to 'buy votes' was wrong, and it is still causing the shortage, because council & Housing Association tenants STILL have the right to buy their Homes !!

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    freedomf

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • I recently took pity on a rough sleeper and gave him some money but I would never do it again as 5 minutes later I saw him purchase alcohol & cigarettes with the money. No food was purchased and when I spoke to him about it he told me to go away, (not in such polite terms though). I feel they could do a lot more to help themselves & not rely on handouts.

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    Brian Ball

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • So - the towns 1000 homeless turns out to be "1000 a year" - bit of a headline grabber that one. If word spreads during the course of a year, maybe many will try elsewhere the next year. Let's keep things in perspective for the sake of our council tax bills, thank you very much.

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    Sarky Sage

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Brian Ball - have you ever been homeless? Please don't be so harsh on them. It was very kind of you to give money, but instead of giving money, the best thing you could have done, is buy some food, and maybe give a warm blanket. I welcome any initiative that can help the growing number of homeless people ( and before anyone thinks it can't happen to them - trust me, it can and does happen to even 'respectable' people! ) - the problem I foresee, is the bedroom tax the government is going to be introducing. How many one bedroomed flats are there in Ipswich's housing stock? Because many people are going to be downsizing - which in some cases is good - but - is it going to lead to a shortage of these properties? Clearly there is already a shortage if its estimated that there are 1,000 homeless people. What are the figures of these 1,000? Are they mainly single people? Or families as well? There's a big gap in social housing....made bigger by the recession, and people no longer being able to keep up mortgage payments, or high private rentals. Bedroom taxes, when there is such a big problem, both socially and economically, just doesn't make sense to me....then again, not a lot this government makes sense at the moment! - you don't see mansion taxes going through do you? I wonder why?!!

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    angela scrivener

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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