Coronavirus: Support for rough sleepers

LAST UPDATED: 18TH MARCH AT 13:05

Public safety and protecting the most vulnerable people in society from coronavirus is our top priority. This is why we are:

  • Providing £3.2 million to help rough sleepers, or those at risk of rough sleeping, to successful self- isolate. The funding will be available to all local authorities in England and will reimburse them for the cost of providing accommodation and services to those sleeping on the streets to help them successfully self-isolate.

  • Supporting local authorities to put emergency measures in place to deal with the spread of coronavirus. The funding is an initial step and the Government will continue to work closely with local authorities to keep this under review and ensure people have access to the support they need.

  • Helping shelters and hostels with the latest advice on tackling coronavirus. Public Health England has released guidance for providers of hostels and day centres on how to handle suspected cases of coronavirus to assist staff and visitors in dealing with the impact of the virus.