The Gov has just published safety guidelines for the re-opening of Homeless shelters this winter – as rough sleepers face a double whammy of coronavirus and cold weather. They’ve also announced 10 million pounds of additional funding.
But charities are warning that – despite the guidelines – social distancing will be all but impossible in shelters, and warn that the funding doesn’t go far enough.
So what can be done to help homeless people this winter?
Ed Walker is the founder of Hope into Action and spoke with Premier’s Esther Higham about their innovative scheme which helps churches buy properties to provide a home and support for people without either.