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Glasgow shelter opens doors to homeless as temperatures plummet

Written by on 2nd February 2019

Fraser Nicoll

With the sub-zero temperatures this week in Glasgow, many of us have been rushing indoors and out of the cold.

For the thousands of homeless people on the streets however, this is not so
straightforward.

With temperatures forecast to remain below freezing this weekend, the
Glasgow winter night shelter remains open to rough sleepers.

The facility, on East Campbell street, is run by Glasgow City Mission and offers emergency accommodation for rough sleepers.

There is also a day centre available throughout the week on Crimea street but it is limited to 4pm-8pm on Saturday and closed on Sunday.

Here, people in need can get hot food and drink as well as support finding
more permanent living arrangements.

According to Shelter Scotland, Glasgow city received 5,204 homeless
applications in 2017/18.

This was over 2000 more than Edinburgh city, which had 3,119.

Glasgow city council say that they have a legal duty to help people who are
homeless.

Their website states that the first point of contact is a local community
homeless service.

The council also offer an out-of-hours helpline on 0800 838 502.


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