Help needed to tackle homelessness during crisis
Cherwell District Council is asking hotels, guest houses and landlords to offer support and help protect some of those most at risk during the coronavirus crisis. They would like to hear from any establishments which could take emergency placements of people experiencing homelessness. The council is funding this emergency accommodation and will pay reasonable rates to establishments able to offer it.
The council is also asking for the support of anyone with the power to prevent further homelessness: Government has called on landlords not to evict tenants during the Covid-19 emergency. Families are also asked not to make their relatives homeless.
There has been a 60 per cent increase in the number of people placed in temporary accommodation. Hotels and guest houses who want to make a difference can now offer assistance at this time of national crisis and play their part. Further support is needed from the community. If you could help house someone already experiencing homelessness, please contact the council housing team.
Anyone who is at risk of homelessness or concerned about their safety at home should seek advice as soon as possible. Those in the most urgent need are receiving priority attention from the council housing team at this time.
Victims of domestic abuse are of particular concern. Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline is still open and available (Monday to Friday, 10am to 7pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, people can call the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
The housing team can be contacted at email@example.com and 01295 753751.