This Thursday 10 October sees the tenth World Homeless Day - and Solihull Council is calling on local residents to put their loose change and notes into action for additional support for local homeless people.
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Cllr Karen Grinsell, said: “World Homeless Day gives us a chance to reflect on the very difficult situation that many people find themselves in. It also gives us the opportunity to think about how we can help.
“In Solihull there are usually between two and four people who regularly sleep rough and the Council is in regular contact with them. However there are many people who are homeless and at risk of sleeping rough.
“Last month we launched Change into Action in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority. This is an alternative giving scheme which works by gathering online donations and money from collection points in Solihull to support the specialist organisations and street team already working with homeless people.
“I would really like to encourage people to support Change into Action and help us to work together to get people off the streets and back into the community.”
Donations can be made online at www.changeintoaction.org.uk/solihull or by visiting one of the collection points at – Sporting Barbers and Specsavers on Solihull High Street; William Hill on Station Road, Solihull; Touchwood Solihull.
The Council has commissioned services for the prevention and relief of homelessness and to provide support for vulnerable people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. In the last few months the Council has also accommodated three local people as part of the Solihull Housing First programme – part of the wider regional Housing First pilot. These are people who were rough sleepers or at significant risk of sleeping rough with complex needs who are now getting the accommodation and intensive wrap around support that they need.
To report and refer a rough sleeper for help, please contact StreetLink at www.streetlink.org.uk or call 0300 500 0914.
If you think the person is in immediate danger or needs urgent care, please call 999.