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Homelessness

If you see someone who appears to be homeless or sleeping rough, there are a number of agencies which can support them:

  • Thirteen - Homeless and Housing Advice team - to let us know about a homeless person/rough sleeper, call 0300 111 1000 or email HomelessTeam@thirteengroup.co.uk (during office hours).
  • Street Link - let us know about a homeless person/rough sleeper by making a report online. If you've requested an update, you'll be told within 10 days what action we took as a result of your alert.
  • Out of hours Connect team - to let us know about a homeless person/rough sleeper outside of office hours, call 01642 726050. The team will provide appropriate advice for rough sleepers who want accommodation.
  • Breaking the Boundaries - towncentreteam@middlesbrough.gov.uk (A practitioner can visit the person to verify they're sleeping rough, and offer them the necessary advice which will allow them to access accommodation.)

Other ways you can help

It may be tempting to give money to someone who appears to be homeless or sleeping rough. Instead, please consider making a donation to a homelessness charity, or buying a copy of The Big Issue. That way you can be sure your money will be spent on helping support people in Middlesbrough who are homeless or sleeping rough.

In an emergency

If you come across someone who is unwell, unresponsive, or distressed, please call 999.

During severe weather

During spells of severe cold weather, we provide extra emergency accommodation. Severe cold weather is when the weather is forecast to be sub-zero.

When this happens, the usual guidelines about who we have a duty to provide emergency accommodation to are lifted, and extra provision is made for rough sleepers, regardless of their status.

We work in partnership with local organisations and housing providers to make this extra accommodation available, covering the accommodation and staff costs. Read the full Severe Weather Emergency Protocol.

Where will rough sleepers be taken to sleep?

Rough sleepers will be placed in bed and breakfast (B&B) type accommodation or other temporary accommodation on a night-by-night basis. The accommodation is basic but safe and secure, and there are staff on duty who can support the individual through the night.

Free breakfast is provided in all emergency accommodation in Middlesbrough, and the individual is kept warm and feel safe for the night. The Homeless Team will then work with the individual to secure suitable longer-term accommodation.

Advice

  • If you're able to use a phone, call the Homeless and Housing Advice team on 0300 111 1000, and someone will give you advice and information over the phone.
  • If you can't use a phone and you think you need to speak to someone immediately, you can visit the Homeless and Housing Advice team office at Rivers House, 63 North Ormesby Road, Middlesbrough, TS4 2AF. The office is open between 1pm and 4pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Find out more about how the Homeless and Housing Advice team can help you

Where will I be taken to sleep?

Rough sleepers will be placed in bed and breakfast (B&B) type accommodation or other temporary accommodation on a night-by-night basis. The accommodation is basic but safe and secure, and there are staff on duty who can support you through the night.

Free breakfast is provided in all emergency accommodation in Middlesbrough, and you'll be able to keep warm and safe for the night. The Homeless Team will then work with you to secure suitable longer-term accommodation.

Where can I get free food?

Who else can support me?

There are many other services available too; you can check the Support for homeless people/rough sleepers page to see if there's someone who can help.

If you can't find what you need, please get in touch and we'll try and put you in contact with someone who can help you.

Make sure to stay safe on the streets, stay warm, and make sure you eat and drink.

Emergency accommodation during severe weather

During spells of severe cold weather, we provide extra emergency accommodation. Severe cold weather is when the weather is forecast to be sub-zero.

When this happens, the usual guidelines about who we have a duty to provide emergency accommodation to are lifted, and extra provision is made for rough sleepers, regardless of their status.

View the council's preventing homelessness strategy.