Homelessness: Hostels

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 7th April 2020.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to make sure there are enough people working in hostels for the homeless.

Photo of Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Government announced support for key workers to enable them to carry out their vital role and that staff delivering statutory homelessness services as well as staff delivering outreach, supported housing and other key frontline services for homeless people are included within the definition of key workers.

We are working intensively with councils and the sector to help get those who are sleeping rough off the streets and into appropriate accommodation.

This is backed by £1.6 billion of additional funding for local authorities to enable them to respond to other COVID-19 pressures across services they deliver including for those who are homeless.

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