Homelessness: Coronavirus

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 4th May 2020.

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Photo of Fleur Anderson Fleur Anderson Labour, Putney

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what plans his Department has to support homeless people that will be leaving hostels after the covid-19 lockdown has been lifted.

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

Over 90 per cent of those on the streets and in communal night shelters known to local authorities at the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis have now been made offers of safe accommodation – ensuring some of the most vulnerable in society are protected from the pandemic.

We have already committed significant funding to help people who sleep rough. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic the Government announced £437 million in funding to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping in 2020/21. And our Rough Sleeping Initiative is continuing to fund 276 authorities in 2020/2021 to deliver interventions to support rough sleepers.

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