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Camden are planning a pilot approach regarding rough sleeping during the week commencing 24 July 2017.

Camden Council is changing the way they measure the number of people sleeping rough in the borough.

Camden are planning to pilot their new approach during the week commencing 24 July 2017.

The existing approach is based on the number of people bedded down in Camden on a single night, which automatically excludes a number of people who may be sleeping rough in secluded or hard to reach locations as well as those who are homeless but are “sofa surfing” rather than sleeping out.

Receiving information on a wider group of clients will allow them to provide a much fuller picture of the levels of rough sleeping across the borough, and they hope you might  be able to help.

Camden are asking our community stakeholders, businesses, residents and community based organisations to assist during this week by sending information on;

  • People they know to be sleeping rough, and a description of the location,
  • People they think are sleeping rough but where the location is not known,
  • People known to be homeless who are not bedding down on the streets. These may include those using friends sofa’s, sleeping on public transport, sleeping in fast food restaurants or using day time facilities in the borough to sleep.

For guidance the current definition of rough sleeping under the government guidelines is provided in bold below;

“People sleeping, about to bed down (sitting on/in or standing next to bedding) or actually bedded down in the open air (such as on the streets, in tents, doorways, parks, bus shelters or encampments).

People in buildings or other places not designed for habitation (such as stairwells, barns, sheds, car parks, cars, derelict boats, stations or “bashes”

Camden’s intention is to capture as much information from our community stakeholders as possible. For this reason if you are concerned about any individual and he or she does not appear to fit any of the categories please still do let them know and include a location wherever possible.

All information should be provided to guy.arnold@camden.gov.uk marking the email “count of rough sleeping and homelessness” to help Camden track the information.