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Posted22.03.20

Sadiq Khan announces rough sleepers to be given hotel rooms during the coronavirus crisis

Evolve Housing + Support welcomes London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s trial that aims to provide homeless people with a safe space to self-isolate during the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative will undoubtedly slow down the spread of the pandemic whilst protecting one of the most vulnerable, at risk groups of people, potentially saving hundreds of lives.

Evolve Chief Executive Jeremy Gray said:

“We welcome Sadiq Khan’s decision to open up 300 hotel rooms in a trial to help the homeless people we work to support.

“Although we are waiting to hear the important detail of how this will work in reality, we can already see the potential it has to help protect vulnerable homeless people, the majority of whom underlying health issues, making them susceptible to covid-19 (coronavirus).

“We look forward to working closely with the Greater London Authority (GLA) to fill the vacant rooms with people who have passed through our homelessness assessment centre in Croydon. It is our duty to ensure anyone who loses their home, is safe and has the opportunity to get back on their feet again.”

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Evolve Housing + Support has issued an emergency appeal, asking members of the public to support the homeless people in our services. Learn more here

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