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We wanted to take the time to respond to your article 'Homeless man erects tent on Wolverhampton’s Vine Island' by Robert Cox, published on Thursday, 31 August 31.

The blue tent on Vine Island

In particular, we wanted to reassure readers that P3 remains dedicated to working with people who are sleeping rough on the streets of Wolverhampton.

Our outreach teams go out daily in the early hours of the morning responding to new referrals, as well as visiting many known rough sleeping sites.

We work continuously to break down barriers and build relationships with people, making contact with them where they are sleeping and checking on their wellbeing.

Once we have gained a person’s trust we can begin to understand the reasons why a person ended up on the streets in the first place and ensure that we offer appropriate advice. We aim to help someone to exit the streets as quickly and as safely as possible.

Our goal is always to offer the support needed to enable someone to rebuild their life and reconnect with their family and community.

We are committed to positive, lasting change and we wanted to reassure your readers that we will continue to work with people who are homeless across the city, including the man on Vine Island, to achieve these aims.

The Express & Star’s readers can help us too, as we rely on your calls to alert us to anyone seen rough sleeping.

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Share this information by ringing our Wolverhampton Navigator on 01902 427017, or our freephone number 0800 107 6753 if you are at risk of becoming homeless; we can then act and direct our support to help people in need.

Thank you.

Sam Bailey, P3 operations manager, West Midlands

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