Wiltshire Council continues to provide emergency shelters to homeless individuals during the freezing temperatures as the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) has been raised.
According to Councilor Richard Clewer of the Wiltshire Council, there were eight people accommodated in the emergency shelters across the county. Trowbridge, Chippenham, and Salisbury emergency shelters had housed these individuals in need of a warmer location to survive the cold weather.
Emergency shelters have been offered to everyone who lived in locations that could not provide warmth and comfort during the chilly nights, but not all have taken advantage of the offer.
The Council and the local authorities continue to work on bringing in more individuals to avail of the emergency shelter during the freezing temperatures and are calling on to the rest of the Wiltshire citizens to help assist those who need these shelters. They have coordinated with Streetlink to receive reports of those who are out of the streets and rough sleepers in need of shelters to survive the cold weather.
Anyone who knows someone who needs housing help during these cold times may report to Streetlink at www.streetlink.org.uk or call 0300 500 0914.
The government has provided further funding to continue these emergency services for 2019-2020 amounting to £305,491.