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Coronavirus: Plans for permanent housing for rough sleepers in Bradford district

Coronavirus: Plans for permanent housing for rough sleepers in Bradford district

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 18th June 2020.

There are plans to make sure all rough sleepers in the Bradford district, who have been given temporary housing during the coronavirus pandemic, are given permanent accommodation. 

  • Rough sleepers in the Bradford district have been given temporary accommodation during the virus lockdown.  
  • There are now plans to give them permanent housing to keep them off the streets.  
  • Many of the rough sleepers in the district are currently staying in B&B's.

Bradford Council says it wants to prevent a return to the streets for homeless people when the lockdown ends.  

107 homeless or rough sleepers in the district have been given temporary accommodation during the outbreak.  

The commissioned Homelessness Outreach Partnership (HOP), alongside the Council's Access to Housing Team, is formalising a move-on plan for those temporarily housed.  

Many of the rough sleepers in the district are currently staying in B&B's.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, portfolio holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said:

"Even before the Government announced its Everyone In scheme, we had made the decision to provide temporary accommodation for all rough sleepers regardless of the support they need.

"Where people can be housed quickly and safely in permanent accommodation or with relatives, we will support them to this so we can find solutions to help those with more complex personal and accommodation needs with specialist providers."

"We now have an opportunity to do something remarkable and find the support and accommodation needed for all of those individuals to find a suitable place to call home."