I’ve found someone who is rough sleeping
If you find someone who is rough sleeping please contact Streetlink – the rough sleeper referral service for England and Wales. However, if you are worried about the health of a rough sleeper, always call 999 first. Streetlink will send their referrals to Bedford’s Rough Sleeper Outreach Service (operated by King’s Arms Project & SMART CJS). The service accepts calls from the public and self-referrals from current rough sleepers.
I’m going to have to rough sleep tonight
If you are under 18 or you have children and you’re about to be homeless contact the Multi Agency Support Hub (MASH) immediately on 01234 718700 (office hours) or ring 0300 300 8123 (out of hours).
If you’re an adult and you’re about to become homeless there are two immediate things you should do:
1. Register with Bedford Borough Council Housing Options. They can give you advice and help you to be referred to all options available to you.
Phone: 01234 718058
Visit: Customer Service Centre, 2 Horne Lane, Bedford, MK40 1SJ open 9am to 12.30pm (Monday to Thursday) and 10am to 12.30pm (Friday)
2. The Nightshelter is the only instant access accommodation in Bedford that is open every night of the year. You can refer yourself by coming to the gate at 6:45pm, unfortunately beds cannot be reserved in advance due to constant high demand.
Phone: 01234 266085
Visit: 50 Clarendon Street, Bedford, MK41 7SJ – if you’re trying for a bed for the first time you need to come to the gate at 6:45pm