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Government urged to book out hotels for the homeless

The homeless population including in Aylesbury are currently struggling to self isolate.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:48am 26th March 2020. 3-minute read.

Government urged to book out hotels for the homeless

The government have been urged by homeless charities to look at booking out hotels for the homeless.

Charities have urged the Government to block-book hotel beds for homeless people to self-isolate from the coronavirus – a move that could affect dozens of Aylesbury Vale families.

Doing so could “potentially save thousands of lives” throughout the country, say the Museum of Homelessness, as it warned shared emergency shelters could become “death traps”.

Between July and September last year, 72 households identified as homeless in Aylesbury Vale, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government data shows – a decrease of one on the same period in 2018.

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While this was an a drop on the same period in 2018, across England the number of homeless households rose by 17% over the year.

Matt Downie, director of policy at Crisis, said homeless people are more susceptible to catching and spreading Covid-19, and are more vulnerable to the worst effects of it.

“Not just because the advice is impossible if you don’t have anywhere to live, but also the underlying health needs of the homeless making them more vulnerable – you are three times more likely to have a respiratory illness.”

He said that it was now a “race against time” to ensure people experiencing homelessness have access to self-contained accommodation with private bathrooms.

End Youth Homelessness is a group aimed at stopping homelessness in young people, who are seen as a distinct group from the wider homeless community.

They told Mix96 despite the majority of young people they help living in their facilities the pandemic is affecting their services. 

Nick Colloney is Managing Director for the group:

"What we are so worried about is in the short window we are not able to provide the additional support the young people need they will fall off the radar and become rough sleepers themselves.

"You can start to see the cost of running the services goes through the rough but the fundraising is falling through the floor. So everything is going in the wrong direction."

As the gap between income and outgoing cost rises Nick fears young people may begin to fall through the cracks. 

He has joined with other charities in calling for support from the public and authorities at this time.

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