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Homelessness

Rough sleeping

Coventry City Council works with the Salvation Army to provide hostel accommodation for single people who are homeless on the night. The Salvation Army can also put you in touch with other services which will be able to help you and the Council's Homelessness Prevention Team. Our leaflet provides more information.

You can self-refer using 024 7771 4443 or by dropping into the Harnall Lifehouse. The Lifehouse also runs a drop-in day centre. 

If you are a victim of abuse or violence and are sleeping rough, you should get in contact with CDVASS or Coventry Haven.

Accommodation and practical support

  • Advice Services Coventry lists the different agencies in the city who work together to offer free, independent advice and information.
  • The Coventry Winter Night Shelter runs between December and March each year and provides rough sleepers with support, a hot meal and a safe and warm bed for the night. Call 07450 693 897 or email
  • Coventry Cyrenians has a range of services to help single homeless people, including supported accommodation. Call 0800 0180579 or 024 7622 8099 for information about accommodation and other support. 
  • Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire provides accommodation and meaningful work. Their places are limited but you can contact 024 7665 1094  or 07934 297604 for more information.
  • The Coventry Jesus Centre runs a drop-in service Tuesday to Thursday 9am to 12pm and Sunday 9am to 10:30am where you can get breakfast as well as access to showers, laundry, clothing, advice and support workers. 
  • The Salvation Army has a drop-in day centre providing food, clothing, advice, training and education. It is open all day for rough sleepers at Harnall Lifehouse.
  • Crisis Skylight Coventry & Warwickshire offers education, training and support within hostels and day centres across Coventry & Warwickshire. They can also offer advice and support. Call 024 7708 7400 or see their website for a timetable of activities.  

Health advice

The Anchor Medical Centre provides services to homeless and vulnerably housed adults in Coventry.

For information and support for substance misuse, see the Alcohol, drugs and substance abuse section of the website. 

Accessing the Homelessness Prevention Service

The earlier you get in touch with us, the more likely we’ll be able to resolve your housing situation. Call the Homelessness Prevention Service on 024 7683 4025. 

Priority need

Due to new homelessness legislation, you are not required to have priority need or links to a council area (local connection) to access the Homelessness Prevention Service. Priority need will only be taken into account to decide whether you are entitled to interim accommodation under a relief duty or owed a main housing duty.

This means that we may provide you with short-term accommodation if you meet a certain level of need. We will look at your situation and any people who are dependent on you to make a decision.

For further details on what gives you a priority need or a local connection, call Shelter on 0808 800 4444 and see the government's code of guidance.

How do I help someone who is rough sleeping?

You can tell us about someone sleeping rough through StreetLink.

Free food and support

List of places where homeless and those in need can get free food and support in Coventry. Or Download the Feeding Coventry - Winter Food Offers Leaflet for period 15 December 2018 to 15 January 2019

Christmas Period (24 to 29 December)

  • Coventry Open Christmas - Queens Road Baptist Church, Queens Road, CV1 3EG - Open 24 hours. Breakfast 7.30am, Lunch 12.30pm, Dinner 6pm
  • Coventry Cyrenians, Christmas Day Meal, Methodist Central Hall, Warwick Lane, Open 11am - 3pm. Food served 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Mondays

  • 10am - 12.30pm Coventry Comfort Carers, Langar Aid House, Doe Bank Lane, CV1 3AR
  • 10am - 2.30pm Salvation Army Cafe, The Citadel, Upper Well Street, CV1 4AG 
  • 11am - 1.30pm Food for all: Outside Herbert Art Gallery opposite Richard Crossman building, CV1 2HF
  • 6pm - 9pm God's cafe for Homeless and hungry, Langar Aid House, Doe Bank Lane, CV1 3AR

Tuesdays

  • 9am - 11am Coventry Jesus Centre, Lamb Street, CV1 4AE
  • 10am - 2.30pm Salvation Army Cafe, The Citadel, Upper Well Street, CV1 4AG (small cost)
  • 11.30am - 2.30pm John White Centre Community cafe, Grange Ave, CV3 2ED (small cost) 
  • 1pm - 4pm (men only) St Columba’s Church, CV1 4BY
  • 6pm - 8pm Coventry Comfort Carers & Langar Aid, Langar Aid House, Doe Bank Lane,CV1 3AR

Wednesdays

  • 9am - 11am and 2pm - 5pm Coventry Jesus Centre  Lamb Street, CV1 4AE
  • 10am - 2.30pm Salvation Army Cafe, The Citadel, Upper Well Street, CV1 4AG (small cost)
  • 1pm - 4pm Bethel Hall, Spon End
  • 6pm - 7pm Refugee Centre, Norton House, Bird Street
  • 6pm - 8pm St Columbia’s Church, CV1 4BY
  • 6pm - 8pm John White Centre
  • 7pm - 9pm Foleshill Baptist Church, Broad Street

Thursdays

  • 9am - 11am Coventry Jesus Centre
  • 10am - 2.30pm Salvation Army Cafe, The Citadel, Upper Well Street, CV1 4AG (small cost)
  • 11am - 2pm John White Centre
  • 6pm - 7pm Refugee Centre, Norton House Coventry

Fridays

  • 9am - 11am St Nicholas' Church, Sherwood Jones Close, CV6 1QT
  • 10am - 12noon St Peter's Church, Charles Street
  • 10am - 2.00pm Salvation Army Cafe, The Citadel, Upper Well Street, CV1 4AG (small cost)
  • 2pm - 5pm Coventry Jesus Centre
  • 6.30pm - 8pm, Coventry Comfort Carers, Langar Aid House, Doe Bank Lane,CV1 3AR

Saturdays

  • 9.00am - 11am St Paul's Community Hall, Foleshill Road, CV6 5AJ
  • 9.00am - 1pm  John White Centre Community cafe, Grange Ave, CV3 2ED (small cost) 
  • 11.30am - 1.15pm Coventry Grub n Gab St Barnabas Centre, Cromwell Street, Foleshill
  • 6pm - 8pm Langar Aid House, Doe Bank Lane,CV1 3AR
  • 6pm - 8pm St Columba’s church

Sundays

  • 9am - 10.00am Coventry Jesus Centre
  • 2.30pm - 4.30pm under ring road next to Norton House
  • 6pm - 7pm Broadgate opposite Cosy Club
  • 6pm - 8pm Coventry Comfort Carers, Langar Aid House, Doe Bank Lane,CV1 3AR

Homelessness Prevention Service

Email: nominationsandadvice@coventry.gov.uk

Tel: 024 7683 4025

Customer Service Centre
Broadgate House
Broadgate
Coventry
CV1 1FS

Salvation Army

Tel: 024 7601 1770

Harnall Lifehouse
Harnall Lane West
Coventry
CV1 4EZ

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