Support for the homeless

Support for homeless people

Contact Central Bedfordshire Council’s Housing Options Service for information about organisations in this area who can assist with a range of solutions which may prevent you becoming homeless including the provision of:

  • mediation - for those who have been asked to leave by their family or friends.
  • additional security measures for people who are, or have been experiencing domestic violence. Assistance may be offered through a referral to the “Bobby Scheme” which can give security advice and provide security measures within the home
  • support to help you manage – a referral to the Gateway housing service to help you manage your tenancy if you are struggling.
  • temporary accommodation for people who the Council has to help by law.

Services for homeless people

National homelessness organisation, Homeless Link, provide a wealth of information for people who are facing homelessness, including a directory of accommodation and support services. To find services in this area click on the link Homeless link (link opens in new window) website. 

Local organisations that can help

Noah Enterprise Street Outreach Service, 141 Park Street, Luton LU1 3HG

Contact Noah Enterprise if you, or someone you know, is sleeping rough or at risk of sleeping rough in the Central Bedfordshire area. Central Bedfordshire Council has an agreement with Noah Enterprise to provide street outreach support in this area. Reports made through the national rough sleeping reporting line Streetlink are forwarded direct to Noah to provide the earliest support for anyone sleeping rough.

Telephone: 01234 217112 or 01582 728416
Email:bedford.outreach@noahenterprise.org or streetlink.org.uk (link opens in new window)

Amicus Trust , 31 Prebend Street, Bedford MK40 1QN

Contact Amicus Trust for assistance with supported accommodation or for assistance from the Night Owl Bus. The Night Owl Shelter is a well-equipped bus with reclining seats that provides overnight accommodation and support for people in immediate crisis.

Telephone: 01234 358478
Email:info@amicustrust.org

Or visit the Amicus Trust Night Shelter (link opens in new window) for more information.

Leighton Linslade Homelessness Service

This is an independent charity providing overnight accommodation for homeless people. Contact the service direct for details of their admission criteria.

Telephone: 01525 381129 / 01525 371 905
Email:llhservice@btinternet.com

Severe cold weather arrangements in Central Bedfordshire for people sleeping rough

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) is instigated when the temperature is forecast to drop to zero degrees (or below) for three consecutive nights. Notification of services being available is sent to a range of organisations who provide services for people sleeping rough. SWEP provision is for those without accommodation and services are not extended to those who have accommodation available to them. Services provided are as follows:

Amicus Trust Night Owl Bus

A mobile shelter with pre-arranged pick up points throughout the North of Central Bedfordshire. Up to date information is provided on the Amicus Trust Facebook page (link opens in new window).

NOAH Enterprise – Welfare Centre, 141 Park Street, Luton

Telephone: 01582 728416

This service is provided at The Welfare Centre from 8pm until 10pm after which, over night shelter is provided in Luton Central Baptist Church until 7am. In order for the provision to be accessible to service users sleeping rough within the Central Bedfordshire area, local volunteers provide assembly points from which transport is provided to the Welfare Centre in Luton. The Welfare Centre will arrange return travel to Central Bedfordshire the following morning. Alternatively service users may access the provision direct through self referral. Assembly points in Central Bedfordshire are at:

  • Houghton Regis Assembly Point: Jewels, 6 Bedford Square, LU5 5ES - from 8pm to 8:30pm
  • Salvation Army, Bullpond Lane - from 8pm to 8:30pm
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