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Emergency Housing and Rough Sleeping Information

Emergency Housing

Only Cornwall Housing is able to offer Emergency Accommodation and this is dependent upon priority need.
Seek immediate advice if you are homeless or believe you may lose your accommodation.
If you are sofa surfing but have somewhere temporarily to stay, please make a homeless enquiry in the first instance and an officer will contact you. The fastest way to access help is to visit Cornwall Housing’s website:

If you do not have internet access please call Cornwall Housing on
0300 1234 161.

Cornwall Housing Advice for Young People age 16 – 24

Children’s Services must help young people under 18 or who have been in care and who are under the age of 21 years and up to the age of 24 if you have vulnerabilities.

Violence and abuse

If someone is being violent or abusive towards you, you must seek help right away.
There are a number of agencies who can assist you, including perhaps finding you a safe place to go. Some of these are listed below:
Childline: 0800 1111 free 24 hour support helpline for children and young people
Women’s Aid: 0808 2000 247 free 24 hour helpline for victims of domestic violence
Cornwall Housing Options: 0300 1234 161

Support while sleeping rough

St Petrocs Breadline resource centre:
If you are sleeping rough in Penzance, you can visit the St Petrocs Breadline resource centre in Bread Street where you can have something to eat and drink and use their toilets, showers and washing machines.
Open 7 days a week
Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12 noon – 2pm

The Street Food Project:
A hot meal service 7 nights a week, 365 days a year, supporting Penzance’s homeless and/or vulnerably housed, as well as families and individuals suffering from poverty. Provides shopping bags of store cupboard essentials for families or individuals in need.
Open every night 6pm – 7pm at 1 Guildhall Road (St John’s Hall), Penzance.