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Sleeping rough in winter

We operate an emergency protocol for rough sleepers during periods of extreme cold weather.

Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP)

SWEP  is triggered when the night time temperature is predicted to be zero degrees celsius or below throughout the full length of a single night - or there are extenuating circumstances accompanying the predicted zero degrees celsius temperature. The extenuating circumstances will be determined by the council's Housing Options team.

When the SWEP is triggered, we will provide emergency accommodation for any person sleeping rough in the district.

The protocol aims to minimise risks to these individuals during periods of severe weather and provides an opportunity to engage with hard-to-reach groups and signpost them to appropriate support services.

If you need emergency accommodation  you are encouraged to contact the council as soon as possible.

Kennelling when the SWEP is active

We arrange free of charge kennelling for the dogs of individuals that need emergency accommodation due to SWEP.

  • if the individual contacts us between 8.30am and 5pm their dog can be placed in our holding kennel until it can be transferred to the main kennels
  • if the individual contacts the council between 5pm and 10pm the out-of-hours emergency kennelling procedures will be implemented, where the individual will be met so their dog can be collected and transferred to the kennels and the individual can go to the  accommodation booked for them
  • if an individual  with a dog contacts the council after 10pm they will have to wait until the morning for kennelling to be arranged

The individual will not be able to visit their dog during the time it is in the kennels and their dog will be returned to them when SWEP is ended.

Folkestone Churches Winter Shelter

The Folkestone Rainbow Centre delivered the annual Winter Shelter scheme over the 2020/21 winter period, to support people who are rough sleeping in the district , or at risk of doing so. The emergency accommodation scheme, which was run in conjunction with Churches Together in Folkestone, finished on 28 February 2021.



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