During the recent Covid 19 lockdown, the government advised all local authorities to arrange a safe place to stay for all rough sleepers across the country. In Liverpool, the streets were quieter in town, as Mayor Anderson and Liverpool City Council worked hard to find accommodation for those sleeping in tents and doorways across the city.
With lockdown easing, what will happen to those people who have been temporarily housed?
Putting them back onto the streets isn’t a viable solution, but without commitment from the government, and wrap around support added into the package, the future could be bleak for rough sleepers.
Local charity The Papercup Project is calling on the people of Liverpool to ask the government to commit to resolving homelessness – by keeping rough sleepers inside.
Papercup Project founder Michelle Langan says: “What we are asking, is that you write, email or tweet your local MP, and ask them to back our campaign #KeepThemInside:
“All we ask from the government is that they commit to sheltering rough sleepers and offer them the support they need to make the move safely into permanent accommodation, whether that is mental health support, addiction support or the support of dedicated key workers. The COVID19 pandemic has proved that homelessness can be tackled where there is a will, and we need to join forces to collectively persuade the government that putting people back on the streets isn’t a viable solution.”
The Papercup Project is urging the city to tweet, write, email, and be a voice for Liverpool’s homeless. Use the tag #KeepThemInside to support the most vulnerable people in our society.
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