Councils 'asked to house all rough sleepers by the weekend'

This post was originally published on this site

Councils in England have reportedly been asked to house all rough sleepers – and those in hostels and night shelters – by the weekend

Crisis, a charity that supports homeless people, revealed the “unprecedented” move was made in a letter sent to all local authorities.

The government has yet to confirm the announcement.

Govt ‘working night and day’ to support people

Rough sleepers have faced a particularly tough time in recent weeks given the latest lockdown advice for people to stay at home.

But on Thursday a housing department official reportedly wrote to homelessness managers and rough sleeping coordinators: “As you know, this is a public health emergency.

Some banks are already withdrawing mortgages from the market

Image: People are being told to stay at home under new lockdown measures

“We are all redoubling our efforts to do what we possibly can at this stage to ensure that everybody is inside and safe by this weekend, and we stand with you in this.

“These are unusual times so I’m asking for an unusual effort.

More from Covid-19

“Many areas of the country have already been able to ‘safe harbour’ their people which is incredible. What we need to do now though is work out how we can get ‘everyone in’.”

Applause for the NHS rings out across London skyline

Cheers ring out for NHS across London skyline

Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, called it a “landmark moment” and “the right thing to do”.

But he added questions remained unanswered about how councils will be supported to fund the move and if more money from central government or help securing hotel rooms will be provided.

And he called for Downing Street to make sure that when the COVID-19 outbreak dies down people do not simply return to sleeping rough.

More follows…

Login To Comment

or
Connect with:
0 Shares

Login Leave a Reply Earn Rewards

avatar
  Subscribe  
Notify of
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!