By Harriet Morphy-Morris
The number of homeless people in Liverpool has fallen by more than half in the past year. According to official government figures, which were released this morning, the statistics from the annual rough sleeper count revealed a 53% drop.
Liverpool City Council invested £11m in supporting those at the risk of homelessness and currently fund 750 temporary bedspaces accross the city.
The council alongside its partner, The Whitechapel Centre, have launched Labre House, the only rough sleeper hub in the country to open every night of the year.
The following support is available for rough sleepers:
- Labre House Night Hub – Open from 8pm-8am, 365 days a year.
- Whitechapel Outreach Service – A street service that helps rough sleepers with accomodation and access. 0151 207 7617
- Housing Options support – Based in St Johns Market, city centre. Get advice on finding your new home.
Watch: Liverpool Council’s homeless support
The council are evermore concerned about the homeless due to the current harsh winter conditions. The brutally cold winter is having a major effect on Liverpool’s most vulnerable. Extreme cold weather has brought waves of snowy showers and ice, with dropping overnight temperatures leaving blankets of frost.
Harriet Morphy-Morris reports from the streets of Liverpool during the snowy showers