CARDIFF Council is hoping to tackle the increasing number of street sleepers in the city with a three-year strategy for 2017-2020.
Last night’s Cardiff Council meeting was told the Rough Sleepers Strategy aims to prevent and tackle the increasing number of people sleeping on the streets.
The Wallich, a Cardiff homeless charity, announced there was a 29% increase in people sleeping rough last year in the city which has the highest rate of rough sleepers in Wales.
Councillor Susan Elsmore, cabinet member for Health, Housing and Wellbeing said: “I acknowledge there are still too many people living on the streets in Cardiff.”
The strategy will also try to prevent those sleeping rough from misusing drugs and alcohol.
Eleanor Sanders, councillor for Rhiwbina, said: “Will you join me in acknowledging the outstanding work by all council staff who work tirelessly to help the rough sleepers in the city centre often go way beyond their work obligation.”
Coun Elsmore praised the work of council staff, street pastors and the night shelters in providing shelter over the winter.
“We will be going into a very cold night tonight, we can all go home fortunately to a warm bed. Others will not be so fortunate,” she said.