What is a Rough Sleeper?

A rough sleeper is someone whose housing situation falls into one of the following categories:

  • sleeping in the open air (e.g. streets, parks, bus shelters, doorways)
  • sleeping in tents (not on campsites)
  • sleeping in cars or other vehicles
  • sleeping in abandoned buildings/other places not designed for habitation

The district council will have spoken to all rough sleepers it is aware of and will have given help and advice in relation to obtaining accommodation.

The Shelter website provides information on benefits, how to get off the streets and how to keep safe if you are sleeping rough.

To get advice or report a rough sleeper you can contact the Housing Advice team:

You can also report a rough sleeper via StreetLink.

Last updated on 11/12/2018

Contact the Rough Sleeper team