Middlesbrough: Severe weather emergency protocol – February 2018

Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP)

Severe weather emergency protocol (SWEP) aims to get rough sleepers off the streets during the winter months, and especially during severe weather, by providing emergency accommodation for people who may not otherwise be eligible. This happens when the temperature is predicted to be zero degrees or below for three consecutive nights.

Is there a duty to have a SWEP?

Housing authorities are required to ensure there is provision in place for rough sleepers during periods of extreme cold weather to prevent people dying on the streets and to make sure that every effort is made to engage individuals with support services during the winter months.

Who else can access SWEP?

SWEP operates outside usual eligibility and entitlement frameworks that govern access to housing. It should be accessible to everyone, including all those who may otherwise be excluded from services: people with no recourse to public funds, people who may have previously been banned, and those with no local connection.

Anyone wishing to access SWEP can contact the following:

  • Contact: Homeless and Housing Advice Team
  • Telephone: 0300 111 1000
  • Address: Rivers House, 63 North Ormesby Road, Middlesbrough, TS4 2AF.

If you concerned about someone sleeping rough, please send an alert to StreetLink via the StreetLink app or via This service gives local authorities information about people sleeping rough in order that they can get the support they need.

For more information, please click here.

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