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Nearly 100 homeless people have been found somewhere to stay during the Covid-19 crisis

Published
02.04.2020

Accommodation and support is available for all who face homelessness or rough sleeping in Gloucestershire.

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Council’s across Gloucestershire have been working closely to ensure those in the county who are homeless are offered accommodation during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

All known rough sleepers and homeless people in the county have been offered accommodation since 20 March 2020, with 95 of them securing somewhere to stay.

Those who have declined accommodation are being supported by the outreach teams and partner organisations to encourage them to come in off the streets.

In response to the recent national announcement, Gloucestershire has activated a Covid-19 Emergency Accommodation Protocol (CEAP) which means that councils will support anyone who is homeless or rough sleeping into accommodation, regardless of their eligibility under normal legislation. The CEAP builds on existing strong pathways and partnership working to offer support and somewhere to stay to all rough sleepers and homeless people.

The county’s seven local authorities are pooling resources to make sure everyone has somewhere to stay and reduce the risk of catching and spreading Covid-19. Extra accommodation and staffing has been secured across the whole of Gloucestershire, plus food and medical resources. The Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) has responded with offers of assistance to meet needs going forward.

Sarah Scott, Chair of Gloucestershire’s Strategic Coordinating Group and Director of Public Health at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We already have really a strong partnership in Gloucestershire as addressing rough sleeping and homelessness is important to us all.

“Working together with partners we have been able to meet the immediate needs of all those that have accepted accommodation and we continue to check on those that haven’t to both to encourage them to take up the offer and to make sure they remain safe in the mean time.”

Anyone who sees a rough sleeper can refer them for support by telling Street Link on www.streetlink.org.uk, via the app or by calling 0300 500 0914.

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