Oxford City Council promises hotel rooms to homeless amid coronavirus outbreak

May 3, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThe City Council have stated their intention to move from communal shelter schemes, such as the Floyd’s Row Centre which partially opened earlier this year, to self-contained spaces to accommodate homeless people currently sleeping on the streets or in shared accommodation. So far, 21 hotel rooms have been secured by thecouncil for Oxford’s homeless population. In a plea to hotels and other organisationsfor help with accommodation demands, Councillor Linda Smith said: “Nobodyshould have to sleep rough in Oxford and we’re working with outreach, supportedhousing and day services to protect vulnerable people on our streets and insupported housing from the coronavirus.” As part of these measures, Oxford StreetPopulation Outreach Team (OxSPOT) has closed its assessment service inBonn Square to allow for a stronger outreach presence on the streets, providingrough sleepers with information on the symptoms of COVID-19 and advice of stepsto take if individuals believe they have the virus. Last week the Communities Secretary announced a £3.2 million emergency fund to assist Britain’s rough sleepers to self-isolate and protect them from the spread of coronavirus. Oxford City Council has secured up to £32,250 from the government’s nationwide fund to cover the cost of supporting Oxford City’s homeless population. The City Council have further announced that they will be working with The Porch day centre to provide daytime support for rough sleepers in self-contained accommodation. In line with the government’s social distancing measures, these day services are planned to include a mobile service to deliver meals and essential supplies for rough sleepers. A further 60 beds are being urgently sought througha range of options to provide self-contained accommodation for the entirety ofOxford’s homeless population.center_img Oxford City Council has pledged additional support for rough sleepersamidst the COVID-19 outbreak. These new measures follow Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement ofa nation-wide lockdown in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Support includes self-contained accommodation, a measure which came into force over the weekend when the Council activated severe weather emergency protocol (SWEP) to open emergency beds for rough sleepers following the Met Office’s forecast of sub-zero temperatures. The City Council announced on Wednesday that it intended to providehotel rooms for up to 100 people to support those either sleeping on the streetor in communal hostel spaces.last_img read more