Overnight accommodation is offered to anyone who would be sleeping rough during times of extremely cold weather, when the city's Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (known locally as 'weather watch') is activated. This includes crash pad accommodation and accommodation in hostels.
Anyone helped by this service will be linked to the Street Outreach Team who will offer longer term support and help to secure housing.
The emergency accommodation is arranged by Sheffield City Council on 0114 273 6306 during office hours or 0800 7311 689 outside them. If calling on someone’s behalf, please do this when you’re with the person as they will need to provide some information about themselves when discussing emergency accommodation.
Last winter Sheffield City Council worked in partnership with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, the British Red Cross, and Framework to provide somewhere safe and warm for people at risk of rough sleeping. The Fire Station is a great location, based in the city centre with excellent facilities. It provided a warm place to stay, out of the cold, with access to snacks and drinks between 9pm and 7am. People were offered advice from Framework the next morning with referrals to Housing Solutions and specialist support.
In total 29 people stayed at the fire station, all but 3 of whom were known to Sheffield services, and all of those known had a history of rough sleeping and homelessness. You can read more about this partnership on our blog, here: http://www.helpushelp.uk/blog/extra-help-for-rough-sleepers---a-community-response