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COVID-19: Housing rough sleepers

Inquiry

Rough sleepers are often highly vulnerable, and typically have far more underlying health conditions than other members of society. Rough sleepers were especially vulnerable during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, when their homelessness led to difficulties following Public Health England’s advice on self-isolation, social distancing and hygiene.

In March 2020 the government announced a series of initiatives and funding to help get rough sleepers off the streets. This included £3.2 million for the ‘Everyone In’ initiative, which provided emergency funding for accommodation for both rough sleepers and those at risk of rough sleeping

By May 2020, almost 15,000 people in England had been provided with emergency accommodation. The government also established a specialist task force to develop plans for ensuring that as few people as possible return to life on the streets after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local authorities have been provided with £105 million new funding this year to secure accommodation and support for those in emergency accommodation, with a further £160 million to speed up providing 3,300 new housing units for rough sleepers in the next 12 months.

The Committee will question senior officials at the MHCLG, including the Rough Sleeping Taskforce, to examine the facts around the government’s rehousing of rough sleepers during the COVID-19 pandemic and government’s plans for solving rough sleeping in the longer term. If you have evidence on these issues, please submit it here by 6pm on Monday 18 January 2021.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Forty-Ninth Report - COVID-19: housing people sleeping rough
Inquiry COVID-19: Housing rough sleepers
Committees Public Accounts Committee
HC 934
Report
Response to this report
Treasury minutes: Government response to the Committee of Public Accounts on the Forty-ninth report from Session 2019-21
HC 934
Government Response

Oral evidence transcripts

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25 January 2021
Inquiry COVID-19: Housing rough sleepers
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Oral Evidence
HRS0001 - COVID-19: Housing rough sleepers
Witnesses Stephen O'Neill
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Written Evidence
HRS0002 - COVID-19: Housing rough sleepers
Witnesses Changing Lives
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Written Evidence
HRS0003 - COVID-19: Housing rough sleepers
Witnesses National Housing Federation
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Written Evidence

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