Colchester Borough Homes to offer support for rough sleepers and homeless households during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak
Colchester Borough Homes is aware that people who are rough sleeping or who live in shared spaces, like hostels and supported accommodation, are at particular risk from the effects of the coronavirus. Many have underlying health conditions that make them more vulnerable and they are unable to self-isolate in the event of infection.
That is why our Housing Solutions team is following public health guidelines and has a plan in place to provide support to some of the most susceptible members of our community. The plan will be regularly reviewed with our partners as things develop.
Our team is working closely with all our partners including Colchester Night Shelter, Beacon House and all our temporary accommodation providers to ensure the facilities and resources for homeless households and rough sleepers continue to be provided. Colchester Night Shelter, for example, is reducing its shared bedrooms to single person rooms.
We are working with local supported housing providers to make best use of any accommodation that is available as there is a limited amount of accommodation and resources to support widespread self-isolation.
Colchester Borough Homes, alongside Colchester Borough Council and other partner organisations, is working diligently in response to a situation that is developing very quickly. We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure homeless people and rough sleepers continue to receive the services they need.
We are committed to maintaining services, where ever possible.
We will continue to work in partnership with local and regional partners and health providers, to consider how we can deploy additional resources and support services to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.
Chair of the Board, Dirk Paterson, said:
“I’m so proud that our front-line staff continue to work selflessly to support the most vulnerable in our society during these unprecedented times. We are enormously grateful to be working with our partners on these issues. As ever we’re working collaboratively, practically with compassion to protect rough sleepers as well as the general public.”
Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Housing Councillor Adam Fox said:
“I would like to thank all those from Colchester Borough Council, Colchester Borough Homes and other partners who are working hard to help those that need it most during the COVID-19 outbreak. We will take the necessary steps to ensure that the most vulnerable are supported over the coming weeks and months.”