Our Street Outreach team is on the streets of greater Belfast from 7am to 2am every day of year.
Our Outreach staff and volunteers provide potentially life-saving support for people on the street.
The aim of the service is to help people who are rough sleeping to find suitable accommodation and to deliver support to homeless households.
In 2018/2019 our Street Outreach team has recorded a steady increase in the number of people sleeping rough in Belfast compared to 2017/2018 with more new presentations and the number of people sleeping out for more than two nights is also increasing.
Between January 1, 2019 and March 31, 2019 our Outreach team recorded 134 people sleeping rough - an increase of 35% on the same period last year. Of those 134 over 63% were new presentations - meaning it is either their first time sleeping rough or they have returned to sleeping rough after one month or more.
Throughout the year all rough sleepers had their basic needs met either through our Drop-in Centre or directly by the Outreach teams - or both.
As well as providing support on the streets our Street Outreach service also works alongside the emergency services to provide a Code 7 service