Rough sleeping remains the most visible reminder of this city’s housing crisis and the inequality it drives. Liberal Democrats would approach this issue with compassion: aiming to understand the conditions that have driven people onto the streets and the factors that perpetuate their struggle.
Liberal Democrats would:
- Improve the city’s safety net so that every rough sleeper is offered shelter through the winter;
- Support innovation and diversity in accommodation forms for rough sleepers, including hostels, Housing First, modular homes and council-sponsored private tenancies: we need to create flow through this system to enable people to continue moving off the streets;
- Lead partner organisations such as the NHS and the police to create a multidisciplinary task force to provide focused support to the most entrenched rough sleepers, who often suffer with mental health problems and addiction;
Establish the Cambridge Rough Sleeping Charter to bind the city together in dealing with this critical issue.