A lifeline accommodation service for Glasgow’s rough sleepers is due to reopen today.
The Glasgow Winter Night Shelter runs from December 1 through to the end of February and provides basic emergency accommodation for those with nowhere to sleep but the street.
Operated by Glasgow City Mission, the service runs in partnership with more than a dozen homeless support agencies around Glasgow.
Grant Campbell, Chief Executive of Glasgow City Mission, warned that the Christmas period can provide some of the toughest conditions for those forced to sleep out on the streets.
“The harsh winter can be life threatening for some of our most vulnerable citizens,” he said. “Together with our partners, we want to provide a safe, warm and welcoming space for those who are forced to sleep rough in the city”.
Mr Campbell said they were encouraged by discussions with council bosses and others to simplify the homelessness application process.
He added: “Many rough sleepers have incredibly complex needs yet the process for applying for housing is also incredibly complex. By working together, we’ve been able to recommend a number of improvements and simplifications to the process.
“Sadly there is still not enough suitable temporary and social housing in Glasgow which is the major underlying factor for rough sleeping in the city. Until more housing is built, services like the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter remain necessary.
Now in its fifth year, demand for the Winter Night Shelter has remained high and last year saw 358 individuals benefitting from the service.
The Glasgow Night Shelter is based at Renfield St Stephens Church Centre, Bath Street and is staffed by full time workers from Glasgow City Mission and a team of trained volunteers.
You can find out more about Glasgow City Mission’s Christmas Appeal and how to donate at glasgowcitymission.com/Christmas