Mayor launches new team to help rough sleepers on buses and tubes

Mayor’s night-time team will help homeless sleeping on buses & trains

29 August 2017

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that a new, dedicated team will be created to help the rising number of homeless people who use Night Buses and Tubes as a place to sleep.

Starting off with £300,000 in funding, this new outreach team will help find accommodation, provide access to support services, or reconnect people with family and friends to prevent them from ending up sleeping on the streets.

Londoners can help alert the outreach team to anyone who needs their help by using the online Streetlink service (www.streetlink.org.uk).

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan says:

We’re starting to see progress in helping rough sleepers off the street for the first time in nearly a decade, but there’s still a long way to go and I am determined to make sure homeless people get the strong support they need.

My new night-time transport team will work across our buses and Tubes to help people before they end up sleeping on pavements.

I’ll continue to work closely with councils, homeless organisations, and Government to make sure there is a way off the street for every rough sleeper in London.


This is just one of the major projects which will be supported by the Mayor’s million-pound
Rough Sleeping Innovation Fund – dedicated to helping reduce rough sleeping in London.

These include:

  • a new web based tool to cross-check details on missing persons’ databases
  • two projects helping improve female rough sleepers’ physical and mental health and to help with domestic violence and substance abuse issues
  • a  training and skills programme to help former rough sleepers into work.

Learn more about how the Mayor is helping rough sleepers in London>>

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