This briefing outlines our call for a second Everyone In scheme, backed by funding, in order to protect the health and safety of people experiencing homelessness during the winter lockdown. It also presents findings from our membership surveys, collected over recent weeks and months, which demonstrate why this is so crucial to the health of the homelessness sector and the people we support.
New briefing: Bring Everyone In again to avoid a winter homelessness crisis
However, the ‘Protect Programme’ does not go far enough. Our new briefing published today sets out why we still need a second Everyone In scheme, backed by funding, in order to protect the health and safety of people experiencing homelessness.
It also presents findings from our membership surveys, collected over recent weeks and months, which demonstrate why this is so crucial to the health of the homelessness sector and the people we support.
We celebrate the great strides taken to protect people experiencing homelessness during and since the first COVID-19 lockdown and the funding already offered by Government that made this possible.
However, we have heard the message from our members loud and clear: current funding levels are not enough for local areas to provide everyone who needs it with a safe place to stay. In addition, local authorities need clear leadership and direction from Government to enable them to support everyone, regardless of their immigration status or priority need, this winter.
As we move out of lockdown, it will again be vital that a transition plan is in place. The Government must take urgent steps to continue to support move-on from emergency accommodation and prevent even more people being forced into homelessness during the ongoing pandemic.
"The emergency measures put in place during the lockdowns were very much needed, but as these inevitably had to be short-term and reactive, simply repeating them now will not go far enough to address the impending crisis. Without a long-term Government commitment to providing the policy, support and funding to keep people off the streets, many will have no option but to sleep rough or to resort to unsuitable and unsafe accommodation. The emergency funding provided by the Government will not last forever, and a transition plan to a long-term, strategic approach is desperately needed. People's lives are depending on it!" Jackie Bliss, CEO of HARP, Southend's homeless charity.