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Homelessness: Coronavirus

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 123623, tabled on 1 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many hotel rooms have been provided to accommodate homeless people in each of the last 10 months in England.

Answered on

7 December 2020

This Government has protected thousands of lives during the pandemic with targeted support to protect some of the most vulnerable people in our communities from Covid-19.

We have published data in May and September this year on the numbers in emergency accommodation who had previously been rough sleeping or were at risk of rough sleeping. This is available publicly online. By September, through the ‘Everyone In’ campaign, we had supported over 29,000 vulnerable people with over 10,000 in emergency accommodation and nearly 19,000 provided with settled accommodation or move on support. Emergency accommodation provided includes commercial hotels, B&Bs, hostels and other forms of self-contained temporary accommodation. Further information on the type of accommodation is not available.

This work is ongoing. Local authorities continue to support vulnerable individuals, including through the Next Steps Accommodation Programme, which aims to prevent as many of those accommodated during the pandemic as possible from returning to the streets, and through the Protect Programme, which targets funding to the areas that most need additional support throughout winter.

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