Our response to inquiry into COVID-19 and Homelessness

Our response to inquiry into COVID-19 and Homelessness
4th May 2020 Tess Hudak

Our response to inquiry into COVID-19 and Homelessness

On 30th April 2020, Museum of Homelessness, The Magpie Project, The Outside Project and Streets Kitchen submitted joint evidence to the MHCLG inquiry into the response to COVID19 and homelessness. In the submission we outline our findings from directly supporting homeless people throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Our work has found:

  1. Significant gaps in the provision of accommodation
  2. Significant failures with Street Link – the primary channel for referrals
  3. Failures of support services when people receive accommodation – including around food provision and PPE use
  4. Counter-productive public messaging resulting in the abuse of homeless people
  5. Evidence of a significant increase in homelessness caused by COVID-19

We conclude by identifying recommendations to address both the near term challenges faced by homeless people and the structural issues causing homelessness, which are made more severe by Covid-19.

You can read the full submission here. MHCLG response corona and homelessness inquiry 30.04

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