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Russell Webster

Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

App helps connect rough sleepers to services

Streetlink is a government app that provides a simple way for people to inform the authorities about rough sleepers and ensure they are offered help & support.

Streetlink

StreetLink is a website that enables the public to alert local authorities in England and Wales about people sleeping rough in their area.

This service offers the public a means to act when they see someone sleeping rough, and is the first step someone can take to ensure rough sleepers are connected to the local services and support available to them.

The service is funded by Government as part of its commitment to end rough sleeping.

It has launched a companion app which allows members of the public to alert the authorities to people sleeping rough so that they can be offered helping services.

The app

The app is basic but works well. The initial bugs seem to have been resolved (judging by user comments on iTunes and Google Play) and the app works best when you set up a profile and enter basic minimum details about yourself (name, email and phone number if you like).

If you then spot a rough sleeper you are concerned about, you simply let your phone set your location and provide basic information about exactly where you saw them (on a bench, in a car park etc.) and whether you have seen the person frequently.

The app also gives advice on how to get help for a rough sleeper.

Additionally, it provides you with information about the number of rough sleepers by local authority (you can see my recent blog post on the worrying rise of rough sleepers nationally) and keeps a record of any reports you make.

This is a very basic app but does exactly what it says on the tin and is probably invaluable for volunteers helping out with a soup kitchen or other provision for people sleeping rough.

You can download the iOS version here

You can download the Android version here

 

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