Rough sleepers

Rough sleeping is often the most visible sign of homelessness.

Some people who appear to be sleeping rough may be involved in street activities, such as drinking or begging, but in fact have somewhere to stay.

You can still alert the Housing Options Team on 0300 123 6633 as it is always better to get in touch about someone you think may be rough sleeping, so that local services can provide support if needed.

We advise you not to approach people you don't know to ask them about their situation.

This is the role of local statutory services.

How to report rough sleepers and beggars

  • Contact the Housing Options Team on 0300 123 6633

Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP)

The Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) makes sure that all rough sleepers can have access to shelter during severe weather.

South Tyneside Council will activate SWEP between the period of 1 November 2023 - 31 March 2024, where the weather is deemed extreme and life threatening.

For more information, see Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) 2023-2024.