Help for people sleeping rough in very cold or extreme weather
During periods of severe weather people who are sleeping rough in the West Northamptonshire area will be provided with somewhere safe, warm, and dry to stay through our Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP).
Anyone known to be at risk of sleeping rough will be contacted and provided with details of how to access the emergency accommodation. However, if you know someone who is sleeping rough in the West Northamptonshire area who needs accommodation, please advise them to contact the homelessness team by calling 0300 126 7000. We are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. The earlier in the day you contact us, the more time we will have to help you.
Outside of these hours, you can use the same number to contact our Out of Hours service.
If you are concerned about someone you believe may be sleeping rough, you can inform StreetLink who can investigate further and identify local support services.
Public authorities and all organisations including Registered Partners, can also contact us under the Duty to Refer.
Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP)
SWEP has two main aims, to ensure that:
- no one dies on the streets due to severe weather
- every effort is made to reach out to people sleeping rough to help them get the services they need
We will, barring exceptional circumstances, provide accommodation for individuals who are known to be rough sleeping in the district, with who we can make contact.
Last updated 09 November 2023