All rough sleepers in Plymouth offered accommodation to protect them from Covid-19 virus

Everyone sleeping rough on the streets of Plymouth is being offered accommodation to protect them from Covid-19.

Plymouth City Council says it has secured an extra 39 beds in privately rented houses to help people off the streets.

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We have been working closely with our partners to try to get people safe and inside. It’s been a fast moving situation, but we can now confirm that places have been made available and we are continuing to talk to all local housing providers to see how they can help support us.

Cllr Chris Penberthy, Plymouth City Council

The city’s night shelters, at Hamoaze House and Devonport House, was deemed no longer appropriate as they use dormitory-style sleeping arrangements.

The occupants are now being moved into the newly-available buildings.

The Shekinah day centre on Bath Street is open and the Plymouth Soup Run continues to support with food for those most in need. These are being operated within social distancing and hygiene measures.

If you see anybody sleeping rough you can tell the council by visiting their website here.

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