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Providing real, practical help to rough sleepers in Bearwood, Smethwick and West Bromwich

Published 8th October 2021

Sandwell Council’s Housing Solutions Service will be providing advice and information about housing support and other services to rough sleepers in Bearwood, Smethwick and West Bromwich.

Following World Homeless Day on Sunday, 10 October, Sandwell Council’s Housing Solutions Service will be in Bearwood, Smethwick and West Bromwich from 11-15 October, providing advice and information about housing support and other services to rough sleepers, or those at risk of rough sleeping.

The Rough Sleepers Team will be at the following locations/dates:
• Monday, 11 October at Smethwick High Street (5pm)
• Tuesday, 12 October at Bearwood High Street (5pm)
• Wednesday, 13 October at Carters Green, West Bromwich, Farley Clock Tower (6pm)
• Friday, 15 October at Carters Green, West Bromwich, Farley Clock Tower (5:30pm).

Officers will be encouraging people to engage with council services and those provided by other support organisations, and will be offering food, sundries and other essentials to those who need them.

West Midlands Langar Seva (www.midlandlangarseva.org), a charity that helps those in need, provide hot meals throughout the week in Carters Green, West Bromwich, next to the Farley Clock Tower. The Rough Sleepers Team will be joining West Midlands Langar Seva on Wednesday, 13 October (6pm) and Friday, 15 October (5:30pm).

In addition to evening walks in Smethwick and Bearwood, the Rough Sleepers Team will also be joining the Safer 6 campaign daytime walks in Smethwick on Monday, 13 October (12-1pm, Smethwick High Street) and Bearwood on Tuesday, 14 October (11am-12pm, Bearwood High Street).

Councillor Zahoor Ahmed, cabinet member for housing, said: “The council has helped nearly 4,000 households in the last 12 months. The Housing Solutions Service can help with all sorts of issues, so don’t be afraid or embarrassed to call and ask if they can help you. Their sessions in Bearwood, Smethwick and West Bromwich will provide real, practical help to rough sleepers, or those at risk of rough sleeping.”

If you would like to make a difference to the lives of those who are rough sleeping, or at risk of rough sleeping, please donate to the alternative giving campaign Change into Action. This initiative offers practical help for rough sleepers, helping to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness. Donations are used to provide accommodation, access to healthcare, clothing and training that could lead to a job.

Donations can be made online at: www.changeintoaction.org.uk/sandwell/donate

Sandwell Council’s Housing Solutions Service can help with a range of issues, if:
• You are in rent arrears in a private rented property or council property
• You can no longer continue to stay with friends or family
• Your landlord is selling your property
• You are suffering from domestic abuse and need to leave
• You are affected by anti-social behaviour (ASB) issues that may mean you are being evicted or you need to move due to ASB from someone else
• You are rough sleeping or sofa surfing, or
• You have nowhere to stay tonight.

If you are at risk of or are already homeless, there are a number of ways to get in touch with us.

The quickest and easiest way to tell us you need help is by searching for Housing Jigsaw Customer Portal on your search engine and follow the instructions to register.

If you are unable to access the online portal, then please call us on 0121 368 1166 (option 2) or if you find yourself with nowhere to stay outside office hours or over the weekend please call us on 0121 569 6883.

Please visit www.sandwell.gov.uk/housing for more information.

Sunday, 10 October 2021, is the occasion when people around the world mark World Homeless Day in many varied ways, and change the lives of people experiencing homelessness in their local community.

Safer 6 is an annual six-week autumn campaign, running until 7 November, which promotes a wide range of safety, crime prevention and healthy living advice for people of all ages. Each of the six weeks will have a different theme. The 12th annual Safer 6 campaign has a special online focus, as well as activities across the six towns. These include: speed awareness, walkabouts, litter picks and skip days.

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