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Government must reintroduce emergency help for rough sleepers

Its 'Everyone In' scheme could save lives this winter

As coronavirus cases rise, the lives of people sleeping rough are at risk.

With a new lockdown imminent, the government must reintroduce its 'Everyone In' emergency measures to help people off the streets and into Covid-safe accommodation such as hotels and B&Bs.

We need the government to give councils the go ahead to house everyone who is homeless, with the extra funding needed to make this happen.

People experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus because many already struggle with poor health. People who are rough sleeping also find it difficult to follow the government's heath advice to regularly wash hands. If someone on the streets has coronavirus symptoms they have nowhere to self-isolate.

Hundreds of charities (including Porchlight), social landlords and frontline services have written to the Secretary of State for Housing, calling for the government to reintroduce emergency measures.

When the last 'Everyone In' measures were implemented in March, we helped 140 people sleeping rough in Kent inside. Lives were undoubtedly saved.

Now it's time for the government to act again - before it's too late.