Rough sleepers are being housed in holiday parks and hotels

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Rough sleepers are being housed in holiday parks and hotels

Published at 6:59am 15th April 2020. (Updated at 7:17am 15th April 2020)

Rough sleepers in Cornwall are being accommodated in hotels and holiday parks during the coronavirus pandemic. 

On Friday 27th March 2020 there were 51 people identified as sleeping rough in Cornwall, 38 of whom were made offers of accommodation, with 13 being uncontactable. 

Since then a further 14 people have been added, making a total of 65 across Cornwall.

Officials say they "very quickly" met the government requirement in terms of offering accommodation to those who are homeless.

“For those who are now being identified, or who have chosen not to accept an accommodation offer at this time, the Council continues to offer Outreach support and will be actively making offers of accommodation and encouraging people to accept.

“The Council doesn’t wish to see anybody sleeping rough in Cornwall during the Covid-19 pandemic and has the arrangements in place so that this is not necessary.”

Cabinet Member for Housing Andrew Mitchell

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The Government has confirmed that hotels, B&Bs, hostels and holiday parks that are providing accommodation to support people who are homeless through arrangements with the local authority or other public bodies should remain open to help with these arrangements.

People should note that such businesses are helping to house those in need and not encouraging tourism at this time.  

It comes as the government is being urged to follow through on its promise to protect homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic.

It has been more than two weeks since the deadline for councils in England to provide shelter for those living on the streets.

But charities estimate 20 percent of people have yet to be housed.

Help for those impacted by abusive relationships:

Bright Sky is a free to download mobile app on Android and IOS, providing support and information for anyone impacted by an abusive relationship or for those concerned about someone they know. It can also be used by practitioners and other employers to learn more and provide support.

If you are self-isolating or physically distancing and living with an abusive partner or family member there are a variety of tools you can use to cope emotionally and ensure you are staying safe, There’s lots of useful advice to be found online about ways to help reduce your anxiety and ground yourself, and things to help entertain the children.  In addition, Safer Cornwall will be posting regular videos and information to help you and your family through this difficult time.

The Council says it knows that people with children prioritise their needs over their own and the thought of their children not being in safe place is very unsettling. They are ensuring that people are aware that children who are vulnerable can remain in school. Your school may have already identified your child as being eligible to continue to attend, if they have not and you feel that the situation in your home makes them vulnerable, then contact your school to ask if your child can be included. If you need assistance with this, please contact the Safer Futures or Cornwall Refuge Trust helplines above.

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Help for homeless people:

Keeping residents safe is our number one priority. If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness, you should contact Cornwall Housing Limited on 0300 1234 161 and ask for the Prevention & Engagement team.

You can also find useful information and advice on their website at www.cornwallhousing.org.uk

If you are concerned about someone who is sleeping rough, you should report this through Streetlink by visiting www.streetlink.org.uk or by phoning them on 0300 500 0914.

Streetlink will then inform our Outreach Team who can make contact with the person and offer them help and support to find accommodation. 

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