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There are quite a few homeless hostels in and around Central London.
Some have an open door policy and will attempt to house someone directly from the streets. Others will only accept referrals from homeless out-reach teams and social services.
You can ring Shelter, on 0808 800 4444 from 8am-midnight, seven days a week, for a list of Homeless Hostels. Shelter will give good advice to anyone over the 'phone and will try to ensure you are directed to somewhere that will provide a bed for the night.
Note any opening
hours listed below are subject to change. Phone first for
General housing needs
- Shelterline: (freephone, 24 hours) – advice and information
on a range of housing issues 0808 800 4444
- Westminster Advice & Assessment Centre: 261 Harrow Road
W2 5XF, 020 7641 1000. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am-4pm,
- Camden Homeless Person’s Unit: Bidborough House, 20 Mabledon
Place WC1H 9BF, 020 7974 5999
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am-3pm, Wednesday 9am-12noon
- West London Day Centre: 134-136 Seymour Place W1H, 020 7569
Monday –Friday 9.15am – 1.30pm.
- The Passage Day Centre: St Vincent’s, Carlisle Place SW1P,
020 7592 1850.
Monday-Friday 7am-2pm, Sat/Sun 9am-12noon
- Cardinal Hume Centre: The Surgery, 3-7 Arneway Street, Horseferry
Road SW1P, 020 7222 8593.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am-12.30pm, 2pm-4pm. Wednesday
10am-12.30pm. GP, nurse, psychiatric services, counselling, drug/alcohol
- Salvation Army Rochester Row Drop-in: 97 Rochester Row SW1P
020 7233 9862, Tuesday/Wednesday 2pm-8.30pm, Thursday 2pm-7pm,
Friday 5.30pm-8.30pm, Saturday 4pm-8pm
- Regent Hall: 275 Oxford Street W1R 1LD, Monday-Friday 10.20am-6.30pm
- Borderline Scottish Project: 7-9 Belgrave Road SW1V 1QB,
0800 174047 (clients only) admin 0845 4562190.
Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm (closed 12.30-1.30). Closed Wednesday afternoons.
- Scotscare: 37 King Street, London, WC2E 8JS,
020 7240 3718. Scotscare help first or second generation Scots in London. Scotscare can be found in Covent Garden, Central London and support includes housing, grants, training, help for the elderly and disabled and other community services. Note: Second generation Scots i.e. if one or both parents were born in Scotland can benfit. Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm and Friday 9am - 4pm.
Medical care (also available at day centres)
- Great Chapel Street Medical Centre: 13 Great Chapel StreetW1F,
020 7437 9360. Monday, Tuesday 11am-12.40pm, 2pm-4pm, Wednesday,
Thursday, Friday 2pm-4pm. GP, nurse, visiting drug and alcohol
worker, chiropodist, dentist, psychiatrist.
- Soho NHS Walk-in Centre: 1 Frith Street W1D. 020 7534 6500.
Monday-Friday 7.30am-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-8pm. Healthcare
advice and info, treatment for minor injuries and illnesses, blood
pressure checks, emergency contraception. (May need proof of address)
- Central London Action on Street Health (CLASH): 11 Warwick Street
W1B, 020 7734 1794.
Monday 10am-1pm condom shop. Tuesday 10am-1pm drop-in, Friday
10am-1pm, 2.30-4.30pm clinic and shop. Info, advice and counselling
on health issues, especially HIV and drugs.
- Piccadilly Advice Centre, 100 Shaftesbury Avenue W1D, 0808 800
4444 (Shelterline). Tuesday-Friday 5pm-8.30pm, Sunday 10am-1.30pm
- St Botolph’s Project – Aldgate Advice Centre: Aldgate
High Street EC3N, 020 7283 1950.
Monday-Friday 9am-1pm drop-in, 9am-5pm reception
- Saneline (mental health) 0845 7678000
- Childline 0800 1111
- National Drugs Helpline 0900 776600
- Refuge (domestic violence) 0870 5995443
- National AIDS Helpline 0800 567123
- Women’s Aid Foundation (women experiencing physical, emotional
or sexual violence in the home) 08457 023468
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