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Safe and secure accommodation and support for rough sleepers

News release 9698, published on 07 May 2020
Rough sleepers and those at risk of rough sleeping in the borough continue to be supported following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) thanks to the joined up approach of the Basingstoke and Deane Social Inclusion Partnership.

For the borough’s most vulnerable people, those known to be rough sleeping in the community, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and partners have ensured safe and secure places are offered or available alongside the continued support of the outreach team and other services and charities within the partnership.

This accommodation includes 10 vacant homes provided by housing association VIVID, supported by church volunteers, the food bank, the night shelter, the furniture project and the outreach team Julian House to furnish the home and provide food parcels and support.

The Social Inclusion Partnership brings together public services, commissioned housing providers, voluntary and faith-based groups and many more with a shared aim to combat homelessness and rough sleeping in the borough. Working together with partner organisations including May Place, Julian House outreach, medical services and citizens advice, the council is ensuring support continues for those most in need during these challenging times.

Cabinet Member for Homes and Families Cllr Tristan Robinson said: “We are committed to protecting and supporting our most vulnerable residents, and this support is needed more than ever throughout the pandemic. As a council we have and continue to do all we can to get people off the streets and into safe and secure places where possible, reducing the risk of the spread of the virus. This would not be possible without the tremendous partnership work that has taken place. I would like to extend my thanks to VIVID who have generously provided these homes to support our most vulnerable residents and all the Social Inclusion Partnership members who have worked together to support people moving away from the streets into accommodation during this time.”

Jonathan Cowie, Chief Operating Officer at VIVID said: “During these unprecedented times, we’re focusing on supporting the most vulnerable in our local communities. We were really pleased to be able to work with our local partners to turn these homes round so quickly, during a time when we’re all facing so many challenges, and provide a secure place where some of the area’s homeless people can self-isolate and stay safe from coronavirus.”

People who are concerned that a person may be rough sleeping are asked to contact Streetlink by calling 0300 500 0914 or visiting www.streetlink.org.uk

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