We operate an emergency protocol for rough sleepers during periods of extreme cold weather.
SWEP is triggered when the night time temperature is predicted to be zero degrees celsius or below throughout the full length of a single night - or there are extenuating circumstances accompanying the predicted zero degrees celsius temperature. The extenuating circumstances will be determined by the council's Housing Options team.
When the SWEP is triggered, we will provide emergency accommodation for any person sleeping rough in the district.
The protocol aims to minimise risks to these individuals during periods of severe weather and provides an opportunity to engage with hard-to-reach groups and signpost them to appropriate support services.
If you need emergency accommodation you are encouraged to contact the council as soon as possible.
We arrange free of charge kennelling for the dogs of individuals that need emergency accommodation due to SWEP.
The individual will not be able to visit their dog during the time it is in the kennels and their dog will be returned to them when SWEP is ended.
The Folkestone Rainbow Centre delivered the annual Winter Shelter scheme over the 2020/21 winter period, to support people who are rough sleeping in the district , or at risk of doing so. The emergency accommodation scheme, which was run in conjunction with Churches Together in Folkestone, finished on 28 February 2021.