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In Portsmouth over the past year the number of rough sleepers has doubled.
A number of residents have shared with me their concern about this and what positive action can be taken to address the issue and support those in need. Homelessness is everyone’s concern.
As a newly elected councillor, I will be joining a task group which will report later in the year on what the council could do to address the challenges the city faces around homelessness.
One thing I am keen to see is better promotion of the support local agencies and charities provide in the city.
For your use now, these include:
Central Point: A day centre providing advice and support for homeless people.
023 9229 8791
Based at 22-24 Kingston Road, Portsmouth PO1 5RZ
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8.30am to 3pm
Open for rough sleepers only on Wednesday 8.30am to 12pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 12pm
Portsmouth Recovery Hub: A support service for people with drink and drug problems 
023 9275 1617
Based at Campion Place, 44-46 Elm Grove, Southsea PO5 1JX
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am to 5pm and Wednesday 11am to 5pm
Housing Options: City council service dealing with homeless applications and advice around housing options
023 9283 4989
Based at Civic Offices, Portsmouth PO1 2AL
Open Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4pm
Advice Portsmouth: A service providing advice on debt, benefits, housing and employment
023 9279 4340
Based at 116 Kingston Crescent, Portsmouth PO2 8AL
Open Monday to Wednesday 9am to 5pm, Thursday 1pm to 7.30pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm
I hope this information and contacts are of use.