Thousands of people have seen their lives torn to shreds by homelessness during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The value of having a safe home has never been clearer.
In a letter published in The Mirror today, June 5 2020, our Chief Executive Polly Neate has united with other leading homelessness sector organisations to call for the government to do more. The letter outlines the crucial further steps needed to protect tens of thousands who are at risk of homelessness.
By speaking in one united voice, our message becomes stronger. It’s our hope that this message will be heard and acted upon.
Read the letter below:
‘Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has pledged that nobody should lose their home as a result of coronavirus, and to end rough sleeping for good.
‘The government’s actions and support so far are welcome, but there is still a long way to go. People have remained homeless throughout the pandemic and more are becoming homeless every day. With the risk of a second wave of infection and looming economic crisis, more must be done.
‘As homelessness and housing experts, we believe three priorities need to be in place for the government to succeed. It must:
1. house everyone at risk of rough sleeping and give them the long-term support they need
2. prevent homelessness caused by rent shortfalls due to coronavirus through adequate welfare support
3. legislate to prevent evictions due to the impact of the pandemic
‘We cannot hope to eradicate homelessness without them.
Polly Neate, CEO Shelter
Rick Henderson, CEO Homeless Link
Seyi Obakin, CEO Centrepoint
Howard Sinclair, CEO St Mungo’s
Jon Sparkes,, CEO Crisis
Mike Thiedke, CEO Depaul