Indeed so Mark -- I have no doubt that there are many rough sleepers who would welcome a bed for the night and the support that is given ... I have an awful vision of rough sleepers increasing in number and applaud those who work towards alleviating the plight of rough sleepers.
I was speaking to a rough sleeper some weeks ago and he was telling me that he prefers the non-contact help as he felt he would be 'bullied' into taking a course of action -- he actually said "attend a prayer meeting or something". -- he'd also appreciate some cheap cider rather than coffee.
I hope that there are those who will 'signpost' you towards those who will benefit just as I am sure, that, in turn, those in need will be 'signposted' towards those who may well help them.
I addressed a tenants' sassociation last Thursday on the subject of welfare reform and although it was agreed that information should be given out by the landlord and help/support offered there will always be those who would see it as gross intereference rather than a 'neighbourly' gesture.
There are those amongst us who cope with illness, disability, mental disorders, etc, without the help of others (especially the statutory authorities) as such help takes away independence in the minds of those 'suffering'.
It is sad that in our society there are those who have to hide away for their own safety or indeed their own wellbeing.