The coronavirus crisis has made it easier for the UK government to offer all the help they can to people who are homeless.
The head of the homeless Covid taskforce said that the coronavirus crisis has given the government an “extraordinary opportunity to offer rough sleepers long-term help to get off the streets.
The government will only succeed in putting an end to rough sleeping during the coronavirus pandemic if the right financial commitment and strategy is adopted.
According to the housing and communities committee MPs, it is “feasible” for the current situation to become “the new norm” if the government took the right action, with the progress made during the pandemic a “golden opportunity”.
Since the beginning of the lockdown, approximately 15,000 rough sleepers have been housed in the emergency accommodation. In a report Dame Louise Casey mentioned that “national effort” is needed to keep people off the streets.
The Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick appointed Dame Louise to be the leader of a specialist Covid-19 rough-sleeping group for rough sleeper at this period of the pandemic.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby highlighted the most important role played by the churches saying: “Rough sleeping is a tragedy that ought to belong in the past. Everyone deserves access to safe and stable housing; it is vital for human dignity, equality and justice.
“I am enormously proud of and grateful for the amazing contribution churches across the country make in supporting those who experience rough sleeping and homelessness,” he added.