Rough Sleepers Unit
Summarises progress on initiatives to help those currently sleeping rough to come inside, rebuild the lives of former rough sleepers and prevent a new generation of rough sleepers. Initiatives in London to help existing rough sleepers include establishing Contact and Assessment Teams, setting up rolling shelters, and developing a Nigh Centre for older rough sleepers and a Safe Stop for young people. Preventive services are being targeted on young people leaving local authority care, ex-prisoners and former members of the armed services.
Community Care, no.1337, 2000, p.8-9
The Rough Sleepers Unit established by the Labour government has succeeded in cutting the number of people in England sleeping on the streets, and needs now to focus on a remaining hard core of roofless people with chronic mental health and addiction problems.