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Fewer people living on the streets in Cornwall

Fewer people living on the streets in Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:00am 28th December 2019.

There are fewer people sleeping rough on the streets of Cornwall according to latest figures.

Cornwall Council says 24 people were recorded as sleeping rough on one night last month (November 2019), down by 55% when compared to the 53 people recorded in November 2018.  

That’s a 76% reduction on the 99 people recorded as sleeping rough on a night in November 2016. 

“Compared to national trends, we’ve made good progress over the last three years and these latest figures are a snapshot which suggest that our co-ordinated partnership approach and action plan is working.  We’re committed to ensuring that no one is forced to sleep rough in Cornwall.  We want to make sure the help is there for those threatened with having to sleep rough.  We also help those already living on the streets so that they have the support they need to lead settled lives.”

Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder


The local authority believes it is down to principles it has put in place, which are to step in early to help those threatened with having to sleep rough, help new rough sleepers quickly access housing help and support and to identify and provide support for entrenched rough sleepers to help them off the streets permanently. 

The latest figure comes from the annual estimate on the number of rough sleepers in Cornwall counted on a typical night in November 2019.  

“We need to keep up the momentum.” 

“We need to remember just how quickly someone can find themselves faced with the prospect of sleeping rough.”

“The reasons why people become a rough sleeper are often complicated.  What we do know is that the longer someone remains on the street, the more difficult it can be to move them back into settled accommodation. The strong focus on prevention and early intervention through effective partnership working is key. There is no sole service or agency responsible for addressing rough sleeping and multi-agency approaches prove to be the most effective means of tackling rough sleeping.” 

Andrew Mitchell

The Cornwall Rough Sleeper Operational Group (CRSOG) which  includes Cornwall Council, Cornwall Housing Ltd, Coastline Housing, Voluntary Sector Providers, Safer Cornwall, the Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Devon & Cornwall Police, Public Health (including Mental Health Services) and Inclusion Cornwall work together to help and support individuals with complex needs and develop joint solutions for them.

“This latest recorded number of people on our streets is very encouraging and demonstrates that the effort put in by all the partners here in Cornwall is working. The work to stem the flow of new people on to the streets must continue if we are to end street homelessness in Cornwall. Our winter services will, as usual, be open in Truro and Penzance this winter, alongside those being run by our partners.”

Dave Brown, St Petrocs housing charity

“Cornwall demonstrates that excellent partnership working is key to preventing and alleviating rough sleeping.”

“The way in which agencies work together to tailor solutions that meet an individual’s needs is proof that a personalised approach can yield really positive results.”

“Whilst we still have more work to do, we are now starting to see a sustained outcome from the Rough Sleeping Reduction Strategy and this gives us a really positive base to build upon for the future.”

Nick Cross, Managing Director of Cornwall Housing

Anyone who is concerned about someone sleeping rough should contact Streetlink – a 24/7 website, or phone (0300 500 0914) to send out an alert about the location of someone sleeping rough.

Streetlink will then pass on the information to its Assertive Street Outreach Team.  The team will make contact with the person rough sleeping within 48 hours of receiving a report to carry out an assessment to identify their needs and support them into accommodation.

Anyone who feels they are in danger of having to sleep rough should call Cornwall Housing on 0300 1234 161.

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