Section: Homelessness & Rough Sleeping

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announces £3.2 million emergency funding to help rough sleepers to self-isolate

Posted 17.03.20
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Rough sleepers, or those at risk of rough sleeping, will be supported by £3.2 million of initial emergency funding if they need to self-isolate to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The funding will be available to all local authorities in England and will reimburse them for the cost of providing accommodation and services to those sleeping on the streets to help them self-isolate.

It represents an initial first step to help local authorities and frontline services be fully prepared and put emergency measures in place

Public Health England has also released guidance for providers of hostels and day centres on how to handle suspected cases of coronavirus to assist staff and visitors in dealing with the impact of the virus.

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Crisis calls on Government for guidance on how best to protect homeless people against coronavirus

Posted 06.03.20
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Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said:

"Crisis is urgently requesting guidance from the Government on how to protect people who are homeless, specifically rough sleepers, against coronavirus.

"People sleeping rough are particularly vulnerable because they are more likely to have a range of existing health conditions and face specific challenges in that they may be unable to regularly wash their hands, nor can they self-isolate if they feel unwell.

"This guidance must set out what measures Government is taking to ensure rough sleepers get appropriate health checks, what accommodation will be provided so that people can self-isolate and advice for the public on how best they can support people who are homeless during the coronavirus outbreak."

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