The Folkestone Churches Winter Shelter (FCWS) has been operating for full six weeks now, which is the half-way point of the project. This report includes data recorded in the 42 days out of 84 days of the project.
Due to the number of people sleeping rough locally in Folkestone, local connection rule has been in place; this means that at the discretion of the Project Manager, referrals from areas outside Folkestone and Hythe have not been accepted into the shelter. This has helped to more effectively manage the demand seen in previous years, where guests were accepted from other towns and agencies in Kent – these referrals included Probation Services and the demand on the shelter as well as low possibility of rehousing our guests last year meant we could not meet the expectations of guests on our waiting list for the shelter previously.
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