Council staff search in early hours to find rough sleepers

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Trafford Council staff have again taken to the streets in the early hours to look for rough sleepers.

The Housing Options Service Trafford (HOST) and Housing Strategy and Growth teams searched a number of areas from 1am to 4am on October 1 to offer help and advice to homeless people.

The teams, based in Stretford and Old Trafford, Sale and Partington, Urmston and Flixton, and Altrincham and Hale, visited hotspots in the borough. The teams discovered two people – one sleeping in a climbing frame in a school playground and another who was awake but refused assistance. The first man was placed in a B&B and will be assessed for his housing needs.

The teams regularly organise similar street walks to find rough sleepers to give them help and advice on securing emergency accommodation. The numbers of families looking for help with housing over the Covid period doubled in Trafford – meaning the HOST service is more important than ever.

Cllr James Wright Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration, said:

“Thank you so much to the Trafford Council staff who are carrying out this extremely important work with the homeless. Nobody should be sleeping rough on the streets.

If you find yourself homeless or need of help with housing, please do not suffer in silence and contact our HOST team as soon as possible. Trafford Council is totally committed to helping the homeless and building quality and affordable social housing throughout the borough. “

If you would like any help with housing problems or are homeless, please contact HOST on 0161 912 2230 or

Posted on Thursday 7th October 2021