Solihull urged to continue fight against homelessness - The Solihull Observer

Solihull urged to continue fight against homelessness

Solihull Editorial 4th Jun, 2024   0

SILHILLIANS are being called on to continue the fight against homelessness.

Members and supporters of Change into Action Solihull, have renewed their call for residents to get behind the campaign and support local people who are faced with the prospect of rough sleeping.

Since the campaign was launched in 2019, nearly £70,000 has been raised and more than £51,000 of this has been awarded to local organisations enabling them to give additional specialist help.

In recent months these have included grants to help support young homeless people with food, travel and essential items and flooring for a tenant in their first home after being homeless.

Councillor Mark Parker, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This year we saw a decrease in our rough sleeping figures. This is testament to the work of the council’s Rough Sleeper Outreach team alongside the other countless heroes in the many statutory and voluntary sector agencies across Solihull.

“Residents can help us continue to reduce rough sleeping and homelessness by contacting Streetlink if you see someone who you think is sleeping rough. They collect all the details for us and make sure our outreach team give the right support.

“If you’re able, please get behind Change into Action Solihull. Look out for supporters of the campaign at events over the summer, donate online or make a donation at one of the collection points in Solihull town centre and help with additional support for people in need.”

To report someone sleeping rough, contact Streetlink here and information will be passed on to the outreach team or call 999 if someone is in immediate danger.

To make a donation to Change into Action Solihull – which funds additional help with people who are homeless – click here or donate at one of the collection points in Solihull town centre.

To contact Solihull Community Housing for emergency provision, call 0121 717 1515 at anytime.

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