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Covid-19: Cornish homeless charity sees big rise in costs amid pandemic

Covid-19: Cornish homeless charity sees big rise in costs amid pandemic

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:01pm 13th June 2020.

A homelessness charity in Cornwall says it has seen a big rise in costs amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Harbour Housing says funds have been redirected, to help pay for emergency hygiene and food supplies for its residents, additional staff costs and essential personal protective equipment for its frontline workers. 

The charity has also had to quickly invest in new technology to enable shielding staff to work remotely, new handwashing stations and CCTV thermal cameras to ensure the safety of staff and residents by regularly monitoring temperatures. 

It comes as Harbour Hosuing has been awarded £72,000 in grant funding from the government, to support its work during the Covid-19 crisis. 

Harbour Housing is one of 132 charities nationwide, and three in Cornwall, that are set to benefit from £6 million of government funding, set aside for organisations supporting vulnerable rough sleepers and people experiencing homelessness in England. 

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Bosses say "this drastic redirection of Harbour’s budget means that the grant is crucial in enabling it to continue supporting clients at risk of homelessness within the community, and those within its supported accommodation."

“We’re so grateful to the government for awarding us this grant and recognising the importance of investing within the sector at this crucial time. 

“This fund will allow us to continue supporting residents within our properties and will enable our dedicated outreach team to continue working to prevent homelessness in the local community.

“We would also like to congratulate YMCA Cornwall and St. Petrocs, the two other Cornish charities to benefit from this fund, who provide key services within the sector.”

Emily Hill, Harbour Housing

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“This grant will be hugely beneficial to Harbour Housing and enable us to continue providing safe homes and life support for our clients. 

“Due to the success of the government’s ‘Everyone In’ emergency accommodation scheme, Cornwall Council has successfully housed a huge number of the county’s vulnerable rough sleepers, keeping them off the streets during this public health crisis. 

“This has led to a surge in people being identified as homeless and we will be working closely with Cornwall Housing and other providers to successfully house these individuals, to make sure everyone is in for good.”

Harbour Housing’s operations director, Malcolm Putko

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