Section: Homelessness & Rough Sleeping

More than 1000 London rough sleepers now able to self-isolate

Posted 15.04.20
London Assembly: Further reading

More than 1,000 homeless Londoners are now self-isolating in hotels and other safe locations across the capital, thanks to the work of the Mayor's rough sleeping team, boroughs and charity partners.

The initiative, launched just three weeks ago, involves City Hall working with Government and charity bodies to block-book rooms, allowing highly vulnerable rough sleepers to follow Government self-isolation guidelines.

The InterContinental Hotel Group, Travelodge, Best Western and Accor Group have all allowed their hotels to be used in this way.

Black cab drivers have also volunteered their time to transport people between services and catering company Red Radish are supplying three meals a day to residents.

St Mungo's are overseeing the rough sleeper support aspect of the operation, with support also being provided by Depaul, Thames Reach and Look Ahead.

Change Grow Live are providing specialist substance misuse support across the hotels for those residents who require it.

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COVID-19: Campbell Tickell commissioned to supports homeless providers in Northern Ireland

Posted 09.04.20
Campell Tickell: Further reading

Homeless accommodation providers and statutory agencies in Northern Ireland have reacted quickly to support people without a stable home in this period of crisis, due to the spread of COVID-19.

Campbell Tickell has been commissioned to co-ordinate liaison between Northern Ireland's 38 homeless accommodation providers and statutory services: the Housing Executive, Public Health Agency, Health and Social Care and the Department for Communities.

One of the immediate tasks has been to assist in interventions to tackle workforce challenges and keep services open.

There is also the priority need to facilitate ongoing discussions on other pressing topics, including the supply of personal protective equipment across the sector, testing for frontline workers and the sourcing of additional bed spaces.

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