Giving rough sleepers rooms in hotels should lead to a significant long-term reduction in rough sleeping after the coronavirus outbreak, says a charity for homeless people.
Around 2,000 people have been brought in off the streets in England and put into Travelodges and budget hotels.
St Mungo’s charity says it is an unprecedented opportunity to stop people returning to the street.
“It’s a silver lining in a very grey sky,” said charity CEO Howard Sinclair.
“Out of something awful, something positive has come,” said Mr Sinclair, whose charity has helped to house rough sleepers in hotels, protecting them and preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
He says it unexpectedly created a huge opportunity to assess the needs of people suddenly taken off the streets,…
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