Today the government has written to local authorities asking them to house all people sleeping rough, those in hostels and night shelters by the weekend in a bid to protect people during the covid-19 outbreak.

At Wycombe Homeless Connection we made sure that since winter began, every person who otherwise would have been sleeping rough in our community had an offer of a safe place to sleep off the streets.

And for weeks, we know that every single person who has needed a bed, has had one. And where we are now meeting anyone else who has no choice but to sleep on the street, we are getting them a safe place straight away.

We have built a great partnership with our local authorities and other local front-line organisations. Together, we decided when it became clear how serious this pandemic would be to put people into accommodation, and straighten out who would pay for what later and we believe this has saved lives.

It is good to now have clarity from the government over where some money will be coming from to help pay for all of this.

But the need for our services has never been greater.

We are continuing to run our homeless health project, our homelessness prevention hotline, our outreach support services and all our support services to make sure everyone has what they need wherever they are staying.

Please, do keep supporting us however you can. 

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