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Crabtree assisting homeless charity StreetLink

Posted 06 January 2021


Crabtree has been actively working with the local Police as well as homeless charities in trying to resolve the rough sleeper challenges on-site, and have been able to get one local rough sleeper in contact with outreach services. 

Ethel Nsubuga-Alaka, one of Crabtree's award-winning Senior Property Managers recently contacted StreetLink about one such person rough sleeping in Croydon Borough Council. 

StreetLink told Ethel: "Your alert was passed on to local services who have confirmed that the person you were concerned about has been found and is now engaging with local services. This will put services in a much stronger position to help the person rebuild their life away from the streets. The positive outcome in this instance was a direct result of your alert to StreetLink, so thank you once again for taking the time to contact us. Your alert, and the alerts of other concerned people, greatly improve the chances that rough sleepers are located and offered the help they need."

StreetLink is a website, mobile app, and phone line operating in England and Wales that enables the public to alert local services about people sleeping rough in their area. This service offers the public a means to act when they see someone sleeping rough and is the first step someone can take to ensure rough sleepers are connected to the local services and support available to them.

If you see anyone sleeping rough, please contact StreetLink. They are available 24 hours a day, you can use their app for smartphones or via their website

Maintaining a nice environment for residents to live in is something our Property Managers consider a vital aspect of their role, and from time to time there can be situations that are unpleasant, create a hazard, or may even cause a threat to safety. Instances of vandalism to property or the grounds are bad enough, as is dog fouling left behind by thoughtless owners, but when it comes to rough sleepers or drug users taking up residence on the development it goes beyond being a nuisance and is cause for alarm. There is also the associated cost of clearing and making the site safe once the Police have ensured the area has been vacated.

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If you witness rough sleepers or drug users on-site, please immediately report it to your local Police authority and also alert your Crabtree Property Manager so that we can be aware of the situation. Acting quickly will also help to reduce any associated clean-up costs.

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