rough sleeper


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rough sleeper

Someone who sleeps outside at night (i.e., "sleeps rough"), usually because they have no home. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The government's aim is to have the number of rough sleepers halved in five years' time. I spent a couple of years as a rough sleeper after my house was repossessed. It's not something I would wish on anyone.
See also: rough, sleeper
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The first rough sleeper street count was conducted in June 2007, when 108 people indicated they had been sleeping rough.
The Durham Ace team will aim to ensure that rough sleepers are able to access supported housing, as well as health and social services necessary to give rough sleepers a chance to get off the streets and improve their lives.
The move will be announced this week by Prime Minister Tony Blair as part of a major strategy aimed at reducing the numbers of rough sleepers throughout the country to zero.
They have a responsibility, in dealing with rough sleeper issues, to provide a form of safe night shelter.
The county-wide sweep also uncovered one rough sleeper in Warrington and two in Macclesfield.
THE Government is to allocate [euro]18million and open up 260 new beds in a bid to offer one to every rough sleeper before Christmas.
Carl" was recently legally evicted from a local disused and derelict building in which he and another rough sleeper were sheltering.
It costs PS25 per night to put up a rough sleeper in the shelter.
The new Rough Sleeper Service contract will retain the above elements, and will include the following, new elements: Lease and management of 1 New Street premises in St Judes; Delivering a No Second Night Out service; Delivering a pre-employment support programme.
Just this morning a rough sleeper with the tell-tale signs of hypothermia came in for breakfast at SIFA (Supporting Independence from Alcohol) Fireside's drop-in facility in Digbeth.
People are being urged to phone the helpline on 0300 123 2041 whenever they see a rough sleeper, so that local agencies can offer them help.
Paul Marsden (Lib Dem Shrewsbury) and Matthew Green (Lib Dem Ludlow) said the Government should act after shocking new figures showed the life expectancy of a rough sleeper was just 42 years.
Overall last year, the charity provided services to more than 3,000 people and its rough sleeper team made 4,241 outreach contacts.
Contract award: H4340 Tower Hamlets Assertive Rough Sleeper Outreach Service.