Interim housing to prevent return to rough sleeping while long-term solutions sought
Blog posted by: Louise Weaver, Wednesday, 24 June 2020.
On 24 June, the Government announced an additional £85 million to prevent thousands of people currently in emergency accommodation from having to return to rough sleeping during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The money will provide interim accommodation, helping people sleeping rough to secure their own tenancies as well as provide short-term accommodation, while the delivery of long-term housing continues.
Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, yesterday commented:
“This is a critical intervention. Hotels and other emergency accommodation sourced during lockdown were mostly due to close at the end of June, with a real risk of people returning to the streets as councils came under extreme time and resource pressure to find alternative housing.
“If executed swiftly, this will undoubtedly prevent many from being forced back into rough sleeping and enable support to continue and trusting relationships to be built. However, once again it is an interim measure only. It will be vital that appropriate long-term housing and support provision is organised swiftly – and for everyone – to ensure that people are able to leave rough sleeping behind them for good.
“This must be achieved alongside a focus on tackling the underlying causes of homelessness, and supporting those becoming newly homeless, including people with no recourse to public funds. Without this broader approach, we risk a rise in rough sleeping just as we increase efforts to end it.”
You can read the Government’s announcement here.
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