BCAN (Bristol Christian
Helping Christians Respond To Social Needs
Bristol Homeless Forum
This is part of the BCAN Road Map of services for homeless people. The main pages are:
In general, it is fairly easy to get help for:
It is much harder to get help for couples without children and single males, unless they are vulnerable in some way.
From the Council web site Homelessness and prevention page:
If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness, in the first instance you should visit your local Customer Service Point. If necessary, they will make a referral to either the Family Homelessness and Prevention Team or The Hub (for single people or couples with couples without children). The Hub may be able to help in a number of ways including referral to the Compass Centre.
There is a chronic shortage of available social housing in Bristol. Bristol City Council therefore tries to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place and help you stay in your existing home but if this is not possible we will try to offer you decent, affordable housing solutions without the use of emergency accommodation.
Most people who are homeless will need assistance from a range of organisations. But, if you are homeless, or threatened with being made homeless, you should make contact with the relevant council workers as soon as possible. The two options are:
Beyond those already mentioned.
The key publication is the Survival Handbook produced by Caring at Christmas each year.
The drop-ins will offer help and advice. Where possible, go as early in the day, and as early in the week as you can manage. Very little will be possible at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon, wherever you go.
There are many online directories of services.