Results of annual rough sleeping count released
Two rough sleepers have been recorded in Denbighshire following an annual monitoring exercise.
The two individuals, who were identified as part of the Welsh Government’s National Rough Sleeper Count, were from out of the county and have since been provided with support from Denbighshire County Council.
The monitoring consists of a two week information gathering followed by snapshot overnight count in November. The exercise is carried out by all local authorities in Wales in partnership with other local agencies to gauge the extent of rough sleeping across Wales.
Rough sleepers are defined as persons who are sleeping overnight in the open air (such as shop doorways, bus shelters or parks) or in buildings or other places not designed for habitation (such as stairwells, barns, sheds, car parks).
The counts are snapshot estimates and can provide only a very broad indication of rough sleeping levels in particular areas on the night of the count. A range of factors can impact on a single night count including location, timing and weather.
Cllr Bobby Feeley, Denbighshire’s Lead Member for Well-being and Independence, said: “These figures provide a snapshot of the number of rough sleepers in Denbighshire. We continue to engage with the community to identify rough sleepers and make them aware of the support and help available through our Homeless Prevention Team and Tŷ Golau night shelter.
“We know homelessness can have a profound effect on health, education and job prospects and over recent years, the Council and our partners have been working on a wide range of initiatives to reduce homelessness and find longer-term solutions for individuals or families who may find themselves without a home. We have now brought all of our plans into our Homelessness and Housing Strategy and this is already having an impact.
“We are working hard to provide support and advice to households at risk of becoming homeless as soon as possible so that homelessness is prevented whenever possible. We are working to reduce youth homelessness and increase the provision and range of accommodation options available to single homeless people.
“However, the number of homeless people is increasing nationally and that does pose an issue for local authorities, including Denbighshire.
“Our solutions include working with registered social landlords, as well as private property owners to provide quality housing options and the number of social housing and affordable homes is increasing in the county.”