Homelessness: Coronavirus

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 22nd April 2020.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to provide people experiencing homelessness with accommodation where they can self-isolate if they are displaying covid-19 symptoms.

Photo of Luke Hall Luke Hall Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Holding answer received on 21 April 2020

Since the beginning of the crisis, the vast majority of those known to be living on the streets have been offered safe accommodation - ensuring some of the most vulnerable people can stay safe during the pandemic.

This includes those rough sleeping or who have been living in accommodation with communal sleeping spaces such as night shelters.

This response is backed by £3.2 billion of additional funding for local authorities to enable them to respond to COVID-19 pressures This is in addition to £3.2 million in targeted funding to ensure that we minimise the risk to those currently unable to self-isolate.

This funding will assist local authorities to provide accommodation and support to vulnerable people who are at risk of, or who have been diagnosed with, COVID-19.

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