One of Glasgow’s homeless charities has shared footage of the homeless ‘chirping’ and sleeping on cardboard in sub-zero temperatures during a ‘heartbreaking night’.
Street crews from Homeless Project Scotland were patrolling the town center in the early hours of Tuesday March 1.
During their patrols, they found six ‘desperate’ homeless people huddled against doors trying to sleep in temperatures of -2 degrees, reports the Daily recording.
Photos taken by the charity on Queen Street, Gordon Street and Sauchiehall Street show those at the mercy of the weather.
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Charity chairman Colin McInnes said: “When my teams found them they were shivering with cold, they were so freezing.
“They were upset and desperate to find a place to sleep. They were begging us to find them shelter. It was one of the most trying nights my street teams have ever experienced.
“They were asking us to help them find a place to sleep – they just wanted to be put in a warm bed with a roof over their heads.”
When found, the charity said the homeless had only the clothes on their backs, sleeping bags and pieces of cardboard.
Glasgow City Council representatives told the charity that all of their overnight shelters were full when teams tried to find emergency accommodation for them.
Colin said his volunteers felt “helpless” as they told homeless people with heavy hearts that there was nothing more they could do.
Colin said: “My volunteers have tried phoning Glasgow City Council’s Homeless Case Team and each time they have been successful they have just been told there is no beds available for the night.
“It made my volunteers feel helpless coming home and knowing they were heading to their warm beds after telling the homeless they had no choice but to sleep in the rue in a sleep capsule.
“They gave them foil blankets and hand warmers, but that really wouldn’t have been enough to keep them warm – they were sleeping in sub-zero temperatures.
“As a charity for the homeless, we felt we had seriously let these people down. No one deserves to sleep rough.
“It is unacceptable for this to happen in 2022 and heartbreaking to tell someone you are sorry but there are no rooms available for you.”
The charity has since written to Glasgow City Council asking why the local authority ran out of accommodation that evening.
While agreeing that no one should sleep rough, the council said it was actively campaigning to help those who might.
The Get Help Glasgow initiative aims to highlight action on how members of the public can help anyone who is homeless.
A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said: ‘No one needs rough sleeping in Glasgow, help is available and the Glasgow Alliance to End Homelessness is currently running a campaign highlighting how to help anyone sleeping rough.
“The Get Help Glasgow campaign is urging people to store the free Rough Sleepers and Vulnerable People (RSVP) helpline number on their mobile phones, so if someone is sleeping rough and needs immediate help, the The street team commissioned by Glasgow City Council and operated by Simon Community Scotland can find them and provide the right support.
“The helpline number is 0800 027 7466. More information on support and advice on other services in communities, including homeless services, can be found at gethelpglasgow.com
“Glasgow City Council and the Glasgow Health & Social Care Partnership are both alliance partners and encourage people to contact the RSVP team to help the homeless.”