So you find yourself on the streets?

You have three options...

1) Ask for help

Asking for help doesn't mean you're belittling yourself. We all need a helping hand at some point in our lives. It's actually a courageous thing to reach out and it shows that you're human.

In the first case, reach out to Hounslow Council, who will assess your needs and let you know if any housing duty is owed to you. You can do that by emailing myindependence@hounslow.gov.uk.

You can also register with us as a Homeless Person by contacting us (above). We will help guide you through the process by being a base you can be in touch with through this rough patch.

2) Go it alone

There are a wide range of options for going it alone. Essentially, you need to find yourself work to stay financially afloat and a room/flat to rent. Food is available from local organisations. Contact us, and let's figure out a route out of homelessness for you baed on your skills and what you love to do. We have links with local recruitment agencies and can help you find work too.

Above all, keep your head up: there's a blinding light at the end of this tunnel. It'll be okay.

3) Live your life

We live in a free country. We are at liberty to do what we wish with our lives. If sleeping rough is something you want to do, then theres nothing we can do but respect that. There are routes out of homelessness and a wealth of support available if you change your mind. We'll be here if you decide to take that path. We wish you all the best.

What are your options?

Sleeping rough is tough, we know. That's why it's really important to tell StreetLink where you are and how they can find you. The details you provide are sent to the local authority or outreach service for the area in which you are, to help Hounslow Council find you and connect you to support. For under 18's, please contact the police.

If you are in immediate danger or need urgent medical care, call 999.

Hounslow has many community groups that you can meet new friends at as well as get support and advice from. Hounslow Wellbeing Network, Poetical Word and The Olive Branch are but a few. 

Contact us and let us know your circumstances. We may be able to help provide tents and sleeping bags for you to use as a temporary measure to protect you from the elements.

Pick yourself up!

There are a range of community services and organisations that you can connect with to find support and guidance on your next steps.

Hounslow Soup Kitchen is here to help you find your calling in life and to assist you in pursuing your dream. Every one of us has a unique skill that nobody else can offer. It's up to us to find out what that is and put it to use for others. 

Know that there are groups of people here that are looking to support people in your situation. Don't feel alone. Reach out and lets move forward together.

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