London Street Rescue is a Thames Reach team covering the outer London boroughs which do not commission their own street outreach service. They have long struggled to respond in the best way when someone sleeping rough presents possible mental health issues.
From April to August 2012 Easl provided a mental health social worker and consultant psychiatrist who could regularly assess people on the street or in first stage hostels. These assessments helped to demonstrate their entitlement to housing, and helped them access mental health care from local services.
After this pilot phase, Thames Reach obtained funding from the Homeless Transition Fund for another 18 months of Easl support, including assessments for many of the people who have been sleeping rough for longest.
This funding has now come to an end, and while alternative funding is being sought Easl has continued to provide a low level of input.