Wycombe Homeless Connection has launched a new hotline to help people who are facing eviction during the coronavirus pandemic.

James Boultbee, the charity’s CEO said: “While legislation is meant to be coming to prevent the eviction of tenants, we know that even if that happens, there will still be many, many people facing the loss of their home at this very dangerous time.”

James continued: “We are also working as hard as ever to serve people who are sleeping rough. If you are homeless, or facing eviction you can call us on weekdays, 10am – 4pm on 01494 447699 or email us on [email protected] and we will do what we can to help you.

“Since the crisis started, we have seen an increase in requests for advice from people who have been sofa surfing and asked to leave. And even more worryingly, we are hearing of NHS workers who are being threatened with eviction by landlords who say they don’t want the frontline healthcare workers to bring coronavirus into their houses.

“We have opened this hotline to offer our expert advice and support to people to fight these unfair evictions.”

The charity has also been forced to shut their Support Centre to reduce the risk to their vulnerable clients and staff of catching or spreading coronavirus but are helping people over the phone and online.

The charity has launched a major appeal to keep their hotline and rough sleeper support services working.

James said: “It costing us much more to put our most vulnerable clients in suitable safe accommodation, and to run our services online. We are waiting to hear from the government for financial support and guidance. We are a small, local charity and need our community’s support more than ever. Please, dig deep and give to our urgent appeal.”

You can give to Wycombe Homeless Connection at www.wyhoc.org.uk/urgent-appeal