Section: Homelessness & Rough Sleeping

CIH and NHF highlight more support needed for rough sleepers as we emerge from COVID-19

Posted 03.08.20
Chartered Institute of Housing: Further reading

In a joint letter to Luke Hall MP, the Minister for Rough Sleeping, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and National Housing Federation (NHF) have expressed concern about a serious obstacle in helping current and former rough sleepers to obtain longer-term housing and support.

This occurs in cases where people are not entitled to housing and benefits and are therefore unable to pay for move-on accommodation.

The steps taken by the government to temporarily bring people sleeping rough in from the streets during the pandemic have been welcome but, as placements are coming to an end, there are increasing concerns about the availability of move-on options and how they will be financed.

Together with the NHF, CIH is calling on the government to restore access to housing and benefits on a permanent basis, regardless of immigration status - to build on the excellent work already been done to end rough sleeping during the pandemic.

Ideally this would be permanent, but if not, there should be at least a temporary relaxation of restrictions.

The above link gives access to the full text of the letter sent to Luke Hall MP.

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