House of Commons
Housing rough sleepers during and after the covid-19 outbreak
EDM #500
Tabled 18 May 2020
2019-21 Session
That this House recognises that the Government’s Everyone In policy has given approximately 5,400 rough sleepers temporary accommodation during the covid-19 pandemic; notes that this approach has allowed many homeless people to access services they previously did not, including healthcare; further recognises that covid-19 is an unprecedented threat that has left the most vulnerable in our communities at risk; is concerned by reports that suggest funding from the Government to local authorities to enact the scheme will end soon; calls on the Government to confirm that Everyone In will continue so that rough sleepers can be given the dignity of a room during this crisis; further calls on the Government to take adopt a housing first approach to provide rough sleepers with permanent accommodation as a priority; and further calls on the Government to make specialist support available to people that struggle with addiction or other mental health issues, as is the case for so many people sleeping rough across the UK.