Has government actually thought about help for people stuck in homelessness hostels and cramped emergency places?

Quick one:

I’ve been searching for updated government guidance on hostel and day centre provision during the coronavirus and can’t find it anywhere. On 25 March, Gov.uk said it would be updated soon. I’m not sure what date the government had in mind for Soon, but I’m thinking that we have yet to arrive at it.

Am also looking for any government guidance for councils and/or others who are housing homeless families in cramped (often single room) hostels and emergency or temporary housing – housing in which people can’t isolate from other family members, because they only have one room to live in. I don’t necessarily mean shared accommodation, although that’s relevant. I mean temporary or emergency accommodation where people have their own kitchen and bathroom, such as they are, but only have a single room to live in. Hostel accommodation is often as cramped as that – several people living in one room. Family members who need to isolate have nowhere to go in those places..

If you’ve seen updated guidance for people in these scenarios – or any guidance at all – along the above lines, you’re welcome to leave a comment, or to contact me here if that is better. I’m hoping that I’ve just missed those things and that they are not actually missing.

9 thoughts on “Has government actually thought about help for people stuck in homelessness hostels and cramped emergency places?

  1. There’s this from 2019 but it says at the bottom “Page last reviewed: March 24, 2020”

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/homeless-shelters/plan-prepare-respond.html

    And just this from 25th March:

    “Public Health England will be issuing updated guidance for those working with people who are experiencing rough sleeping and living in hostel environments as soon as possible.”

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-services-for-people-experiencing-rough-sleeping/covid-19-guidance-for-hostel-or-day-centre-providers-of-services-for-people-experiencing-rough-sleeping

    • Cheers – yes it’s that 25 March not-updated page which I keep getting sent back to and there’s nothing there. I wonder if Johnson’s brush with death drew attention/focus away from not so pressing matters such as cramped homelessness accommodation during a virus outbreak

        • I suppose I expect too much… A government lead by a weapons grade twat who brags about shaking hands during a viral epidemic then nearly dies as a result is probably not good at detail or projection. Also there are 1000000s of people about whom our leaders do not give a shit.

  2. I have asking the same question, what monitoring has there been of the 48 hours to house homeless people instruction of Mar 31 (I Think) ?

    I know the Leicester CC claim to have rented 10 properties to house people with Corvid19 symptoms and they also apparently are using B&Bs; but other than this no other news beside the usual statements of no one needing to be homeless! There are also no plans available for what happens after the pandemic is deemed over.

    I considered submitting a FOI but am almost sure it will be refused due to the pandemic. I may do it anyway but as there is little to no scrutiny here, thanks to our ‘Labour’ mayor…

    Thanks for continuing to battle Kate

    • Might be worth doing an FOI anyway…? Let me know what you think as I was considering one myself.

      Thing is – as you say, it’s the ongoing situation that’s an issue.

  3. Wtf is all this talk about a Coronavirus App? What’s it for? What does it do? What about all the people who don’t have a smartphone, or those who’s phone is out of date? Even Whatsapp stopped working on my phone as Microsoft no longer supports Windows 8.1 ,so I doubt the new app will work on my phone, even if I knew how to work it. I know loads of people who don’t have a smartphone, either because they are elderly and don’t want one or are too poor to afford one.

  4. Pingback: Homelessness: the plague that voters are happy to live with | Kate Belgrave

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