Concerns for homeless man in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 09:51 05 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:51 05 January 2017

The Howard Centre in Welwyn Garden City

The Howard Centre in Welwyn Garden City

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Welwyn Hatfield Council has offered advice after members of the public were left concerned for a homeless man asking for help in Welwyn Garden City.

Members of the public were approached by the man near the entrance to the Howard Centre by the cycle racks at Marks and Spencers end on Tuesday evening.

One woman said: “I had just finished work and was walking over to the Howard Centre at about 6.30pm when a man approached me.

“He said ‘I’m homeless, can you help me?’.

“It caught me off guard and I wasn’t sure how to respond to him.

“I said I couldn’t think of anywhere he could go and I was sorry.

“As soon as I got inside the Howard Centre, I tried to look up hostels for the homeless on my phone and went back outside to see if he was still there but he had disappeared.

“I felt very concerned for him because it was becoming a very cold night.”

Members of the public also took to social media after being approached by the man and expressed their concern for his wellbeing.

A council spokesman said: “We aim to deliver the right support to those in need and will visit within one working day to help, leaving contact details if we are unable to speak to them in person.

“We advise anyone that is homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, to visit our offices in Welwyn Garden City – or the Housing Office in Hatfield town centre.

“If this isn’t possible, you can also call the same numbers as listed above to access advice, help and support from our teams.

“We’ve contacted the Howard Centre to get further information about this man so we can offer our support, and ask anyone with further details to get in touch.

“We urge people to report homelessness, or signs of it, as soon as possible.

“This can be done easily online at www.streetlink.org.uk or by calling 01707 357 613 (in office hours) or 0800 111 4484 (outside office hours).


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