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Cornwall ensures rough sleepers are accommodated during Covid crisis

Cornwall Council, supported by local hotels and holiday parks, has put plans in place to provide rough sleepers with accommodation during the coronavirus crisis.

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

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

Cabinet Member for Housing Andrew Mitchell said: “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.”

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.  

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 and 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.