Council statement regarding Professor Green declining to meeting with Housing Services

Posted on Thursday 1st February 2018

We’re disappointed that musician Professor Green declined to meet our Housing Services Team whilst on his visit to Bournemouth today.  

We would have welcomed the opportunity to speak to him about the multi-agency work that goes on to prevent homelessness, and the support we provide to rough sleepers.   

Our outreach rough sleeper services run all year round engaging with rough sleepers.  This service is a key part of our homelessness provision and has been in place for many years.  The team engage with rough sleepers to encourage take up of support services and accommodation to help move forward in their lives.  In an average month, they help approximately 15 rough sleepers back into accommodation.  We also work very closely with support services such as drug treatment services, mental health services and social care.  

We have approximately 150 supported hostel bed spaces in the town available for people who are homeless, as well as many other projects and services, including 250 additional properties we are currently purchasing to directly house those who are homeless.

We have a significant range of homelessness services in place but unfortunately homelessness and rough sleeping is rising nationally.  We are committed to doing all we can to prevent wherever possible and coordinate work with many other agencies in order to do so.

We would like to clarify the work carried out on the benches was undertaken last year in response to multiple complaints made by residents, visitors and businesses concerned over the use of the benches. The total cost to carry out the work was £3,650 (this included the purchase and installation costs).