Anyone can become homeless, and sleeping rough is not only dangerous but can also have a long-term detrimental effect on your health. When members of the public see people sleeping on the streets they very often want to be able to help them but are often unsure of the best way to do this. The StreetLink mobile app StreetLink uses people who care, to connect people who need help, with those that can help them by enabling members of the public to alert local authorities and street outreach services in England and Wales about people they have seen sleeping rough. It is the first step you can take to ensure rough sleepers are connected to the local services and support available to them.
StreetLink is an innovative platform to engage the public in addressing a significant social issue. We use technology to take alerts about people sleeping rough, geo-code the data and relay the alert information to the closest local authority or services to the location that the person has been seen sleeping rough in to help them find the person on the streets and offer support.
The longer someone sleeps rough, the greater the risk that they will be become trapped on the streets and vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime, developing drug or alcohol problems, or experiencing problems with their health.
People who are sleeping rough may not be known to local services because they remain out of sight, bedding down at different times of night, and moving from place to place. Most people do not seek help and advice before sleeping rough and not all rough sleepers are aware of the advice and support available to them.
By using this app to alert us about a rough sleeper you’ll help connect that person to the local services available to help them and potentially provide the first step for someone towards a life away from the streets.
This update fixes a critical bug for access.
All users are required to update to continue using the service.
Ratings and Reviews
Great idea, but...
I always had been at a loss when I wanted to tell rough sleepers who to get in touch with for help. Then somebody told me about this app. I've been using it for a while now and it says that the report will be sent to the relevant department. However there's never any feedback and the "reported" rough sleepers stay where they are. Now it might be that the department is understaffed or they need more information, but I've never been contacted in spite of giving them my details.
We need feedback, guys. Otherwise one might come to the conclusion the data does not arrive at the right place.
Also the app crashes frequently. Streetlink is a great idea and it needs all the help it can get (including an awareness campaign)
Again, great in theory but needs improvement.
Another reviewer who feels that this is a wonderful app in theory but is not without its problems. Follow-up information would be useful (even if it does seem a little narcissistic to feel that it's necessary) but there are still some issues with the practical functions. I had to submit two reports that were essentially blank because I was unable to select any information from the drop down menus. This obviously needs to be fixed if the app is going to be useful.
Excellent app and service
An excellent app, a great idea and an amazing service behind it. Worked perfectly when I came across a young man sleeping rough in our local park. The support staff came out quickly and investigated. Well done StreetLink, well done Midland Heart (who provide the rough sleeping outreach service where I live) and well done to Homeless Link who developed the service and app.
- Homeless Link
- 10.6 MB
- Social Networking
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- © Homeless Link 2012
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.