A coalition of campaigners set up to end homeless deaths have called on the Government to bring back the Everyone In scheme to ensure the loss of life on Britain’s streets is no longer “clearly inevitable”.
The Dying Homeless Coalition formed last month, bringing together homelessness experts, charities, academics and journalists, including from The Big Issue, following last month’s announcement that a record-high number of people died without a secure home in 2019.
The rapid rise in cases driven by the new Covid-19 strain and a new national lockdown has urged the group to call for a return of the Everyone In scheme which protected 15,000 people in hotels and emergency accommodation at its peak through the first lockdown last spring.
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One of the founding members of the Dying Homeless Coalition Jess Turtle said: “The Dying Homeless Coalition calls for a clear directive from government for unconditional, safe shelter to people experiencing homelessness until at least the end of this lockdown. We also call for funding for local authorities to support this.
“Due to the cold weather and increased transmission rate of the virus, preventable deaths are so clearly inevitable if this does not happen immediately.”