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24 May 2020

Government releases plans to provide long-term housing for rough sleepers currently housed in emergency accommodation during the pandemic

Introduced by

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Targeted at

Rough sleepers


Published on 24 May 2020

Stated aims

To 'provide thousands of long-term, safe homes for vulnerable rough sleepers taken off the streets during the pandemic'


The government states that plans announced at Budget 2020 are being accelerated 'to meet local need given the changed circumstances brought about by COVID-19 and the opportunity this presents'. The plans include capital funding for 6,000 new housing units – 3,300 to be available in the next year – and increasing revenue support. The plans are being put together by the Rough Sleeping COVID-19 Response Taskforce led by Louise Casey.


Gov.uk press release