Homelessness: Coronavirus

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 18th November 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, whether the Everyone In scheme is continuing to provide accommodation for people who have found themselves homeless in the last two months.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Everyone In campaign is ongoing. Throughout the pandemic, we have worked closely with local authorities and the sector to offer vulnerable people safe accommodation and support and by September we had successfully supported over 29,000 people, with 10,000 still in emergency accommodation and over 19,000 provided with settled accommodation or move on support.

Announced on 5 November, the Protect Programme is the next step in the ongoing targeted support protecting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities from COVID-19, backed by £15 million to provide accommodation for rough sleepers during the pandemic. Through this, we have asked all councils to update their rough sleeping plans and to carry out a rapid assessment of need for everyone they accommodate. This programme will help areas that need additional support most throughout winter. This builds on the £10 million Cold Weather Fund, open to all local authorities, meaning all local areas are eligible for support this winter.

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