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COVID-19: Colchester Borough Homes continues to provide temporary accommodation for rough sleepers

Colchester Borough Homes (CBH) are continuing to work with temporary accommodation suppliers to help provide suitable accommodation for rough sleepers in the borough, during the COVID-19 outbreak.

We are making every effort to contact rough sleepers and bring them into accommodation. Despite the challenges presented by widespread closure of existing accommodation, CBH is now able to offer accommodation to people who are engaged with the borough’s Rough Sleeper Outreach Team.

To help vulnerable residents self-isolate, CBH is actively encouraging accommodation providers to continue working with them to provide safe accommodation for the foreseeable future.

We would encourage the public to use the Streetlink online service to make the Rough Sleeper Outreach Team aware of anyone rough sleeping. Any alerts sent through Streetlink come directly to CBH and helps us designate the most appropriate accommodation to individuals.

Many have underlying health conditions that make them more vulnerable, making self-isolation in the event of infection more challenging.

Dirk Paterson, Chair of the Board, Dirk Paterson, said:

“We’re very thankful to our partners for their continued work in helping to house homeless households and rough sleepers. By working collaboratively, we can help protect vulnerable residents, as well as the general public, during the outbreak of COVID-19. I’m proud that our staff are working extremely hard with the most vulnerable in our society during these difficult times.”

Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Housing Councillor Adam Fox said:

“I would like to thank partners who are providing safe accommodation to homeless households and rough sleepers during these uncertain times. I encourage any provider that can offer safe accommodation during the outbreak to work with us and help keep some of the most vulnerable residents safe”