Reading Response to Winter Homeless

Extra emergency beds and support will be offered to rough sleepers in Reading this winter, to ensure nobody has to bed down on the streets in freezing conditions.

As the colder months approach Reading Borough Council and its partners will be doing all they can to help homeless people in the town.


Reading’s homeless support services underwent major changes in September but there will be no changes to the Severe Weather Emergency Provision (SWEP), which offers emergency beds to rough sleepers when temperatures are forecast to fall to zero degrees or below for three successive nights.

This year the council has been given £316,000 from a £30 million pot of cash the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has set aside for 2018/19 to significantly reduce rough sleeping across the country.

Funds of around £335,000 have also been provisionally awarded for 2019/20.

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