Published Thursday, 17 September 2020
Coventry City Council has successfully bid for a further £782k from the government to house rough sleepers during the coming months in response to the knock-on effect of Covid-19.
The money was secured from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to fund a range of projects.
The Council and city agencies, working with rough sleepers and homeless people, have secured rooms over the coming months to accommodate dozens of people who would otherwise be sleeping on the streets - and part of the money will be directed towards this.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak began in March funding has been targeted to accommodate more than 220 people who would otherwise be sleeping in a night shelter or on the street.
There are approximately 95 people still being accommodated, and the Council - with the support of local agencies -have now secured a large number of rooms at the Days Hotel.
The scheme will see a variety of support put in place at the venue in the coming days. The plan will be to the move people onto longer term accommodation as quickly as possible.
Cllr David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said: “This is the right step to take particularly as Covid-19 is still affecting all our lives.
“The Days Hotel is already accommodating people who would otherwise be sleeping on the street and we plan to utilise a large number of rooms at the site.
“Our housing and homeless prevention services has been working with partners to ensure a range of support is provided and I’d like to thank everyone involved. The council’s outreach team will have a presence in the building five days a week and there will also be security provided by the hotel.
“There has been a massive effort to support rough sleepers and people who are homeless, and although this is just one part of the strategy, it signifies another decisive step in helping our most vulnerable residents.”
A wide range of organisations across the city are committed to supporting rough sleepers and will be providing a service to rough sleepers accommodated in the hotel.
“The plan will see a gradual reduction in numbers at the hotel in the coming months as people are then moved into more longer term accommodation,” added Cllr Welsh.