West Devon Borough Council is committed to preventing people from needing to rough sleep, particularly during the winter months where the risk of harm from exposure is more significant. In response to this risk we have activated our Severe Weather Emergency Protocol to ensure that no one has to sleep rough during the coldest nights of the year. The recent significant weather warnings for the area have highlighted the importance of encouraging rough sleepers to access accommodation. We have made offers of accommodation to all those who we know to be sleeping rough and we are working proactively with local support groups to encourage people to accept these offers.
If you know of anyone at risk of rough sleeping please contact SW-Housing.Advice@swdevon.gov.uk in normal working hours or call the office on 01822 813600. There is also a dedicated Streetlink operated hotline on 0300 5000914 which is in operation 24 hours a day.