Homelessness, Rough Sleeper Outreach and Winter Night Shelter

Reducing homelessness in Milton Keynes is a key priority and we are doing everything we can to help those most in need and keep them off the streets

Rough sleeper outreach project 

If you are sleeping rough or are concerned about someone sleeping rough please email Milton Keynes Rough Sleeper Outreach Project.

The Rough Sleeper Outreach Project is a partnership with Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton Councils to provide support for people who are homeless. The service will be provided by The Rough Sleeper Partnership (RSP) which will work with Open Door MK to identify, engage and provide much needed support to vulnerable people on the streets, sleeping rough and homeless.

You can also contact the 24hour national Street link service and they will take details and connect the team with the person you are concerned about.

Severe Weather Emergency Protocol

We want vulnerable people to be protected and provided for during the cold weather. The Severe Weather Emergency Protocol, which all councils follow, is designed to get rough sleepers off the streets when temperatures are very low.

The Ministry of Housing Community and Local Government advise that SWEP should be activated by a weather forecast predicting three consecutive nights, or more, of a temperature of zero degrees Celsius or lower.  SWEP is implemented on the first day of the Met Office forecast.

When SWEP ends, individuals will be asked to leave the emergency accommodation.

Winter Night Shelter

The Winter Night Shelter MK offers supervised emergency overnight accommodation from November to March using churches and community centres across the city as overnight venues. There are 30 spaces available (except for the very beginning and very end of the season, when there is reduced capacity), 7 days a week.

All applicants will have an assessment interview. Singles and couples 18+ years will be assessed but the project cannot cater for children. 

While staying, guests will be able to retain their bed space provided they remain in attendance and adhere to agreed behaviour expectations. Welfare workers will work with guests to access support services and longer-term accommodation.

To make a referral for someone, or a self-referral, please telephone the project direct on 07549 609427 or email: welfare@winternightsheltermk.com

Last Updated: 5 July 2020