OTS News recently reported on a man sleeping rough on a Lord Street bench outside the Atkinson on Sunday 24 July 2016.

Rough Sleepers On Lord Street

Moreover, a homeless man was found sleeping under a sofa in a town garden!

Homeless man sleeps under a Sofa in my garden!

Today (3 August 2016) an individual, who may have been the same person seen on Lord Street etc, was sleeping rough on a Marine Lake bench.

Help is available to homeless people and others in need

If you have nowhere to stay, or if it is dangerous for you to return home, or if you will be homeless within the next 28 days you should contact the Housing Options Team immediately.

Housing Options Team, Ground Floor, Merton House, Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 3UU. Tel: 0151 934 3541. Opening Times: Monday to Thursday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Friday 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.

Out of Hours

For people who become homeless when the office is closed, Sefton Council’s Health and Social Care Emergency Duty Team manages the Out of Hour’s service. The service is for emergencies only and can give you general advice and will be able to assist you to find temporary emergency accommodation.

You can contact the Out of Hours service on 0151 920 8234. Monday to Thursday after 5.00 pm. Friday after 4.15 pm and any time at weekends and public holidays.

See also. Light For Life – Southport Housing Centre. Tel: 01704 501256

NB. Nevertheless, how exactly can phone numbers and distant addresses in Bootle help a Southport rough sleeper, or a dispossessed person , with no money or means to telephone for help? Perhaps information dealing with assistance for such people needs posting on billboards etc around the town with a dedicated free phone number. There is however the Samaritans, who offer a free phone help number 116 123.

Pat Regan ©


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