New supported accommodation for rough sleepers - London Councils' response

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

Rough sleepers are set to benefit from accelerated government investment in thousands of new supported homes, according to an announcement made last weekend.

In response, Cllr Darren Rodwell, London Councils Executive Member for Housing and Planning, said:

“Since the start of the pandemic, London boroughs have been working tirelessly to secure emergency accommodation for rough sleepers in the capital, overcoming huge challenges to protect some of our most vulnerable residents. 

“Two thirds of all homeless households in England are in London and we’ve long called for more resources to end the rough sleeping crisis. This announcement refocuses funding for homelessness accommodation to support rough sleepers through the coronavirus pandemic, showing renewed government focus on providing the first of thousands of new homes required to house the capital's rough sleepers. 

“We look forward to working with the government on the detail of their announcement so we can make sure we build on the extraordinary efforts of boroughs, the Mayor of London and voluntary sector organisations to prevent the capital’s rough sleepers from returning to the streets.”