Calls on community partners to help with COVID-19 rough sleeping crisis
Businesses, faith groups, and local communities are being urged to join forces with the government, councils and charities’ efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic to help house rough sleepers and turn their lives around.
Nearly 15,000 rough sleepers have been housed in emergency accommodation such as hotels since the beginning of the crisis in order to ensure their safety.
This has presented what Dame Louise Casey—the head of the COVID-19 rough sleeping taskforce—has called an ‘extraordinary opportunity’ to get them to engage with services and rebuild their lives so that they don’t have to return to the streets.
Many businesses, faith groups, and charities from across the country have already stepped forward to play their part in this national effort. The YHA, YMCA, and universities have already offered temporary accommodation for people as they leave the hotels and move towards more permanent housing.
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