Calico Group vow to work to end rough sleeping and homelessness in wake of coronavirus

The Calico Group's Chief Executive, Anthony DuerdenThe Calico Group's Chief Executive, Anthony Duerden
The Calico Group's Chief Executive, Anthony Duerden | other
With rough sleeping and homelessness set to increase as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, The Calico Group has made a long-term commitment to working to combat it.

Having been working alongside local partners to provide emergency accommodation and support for those affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, The Calico Group has bought and refurbished more than 20 empty homes and made them available for people who needed urgent housing, with furniture provided by charity Furniture Matters.

Calico has also let out 35 vacant properties to those with high-priority needs, including people escaping domestic abuse or in need of medical isolation; increased staffing for their Gateway homelessness service (which has independently rehoused 25 rough sleepers); and is offering support for people currently staying in hotel accommodation following hospital discharge.

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“The financial impact of the coronavirus will continue to devastate many people in our communities and we know there is a growing housing crisis, especially among those who have low incomes, are struggling with health worries, and for people who are escaping abusive relationships," said Chief Executive Anthony Duerden.

“We are taking every possible step to support people living with the fear of losing their home, whether that’s providing support or employment opportunities that will help keep a roof over their heads [or] providing new accommodation or a safe place to stay where it’s most needed," Mr Duerden added.

Given the economic impact of the virus, it is estimated that 500,000 people are already at risk of homelessness, with many people in temporary accommodation faced with finding longer-term housing. In response, The Calico Group has pledged that its housing and support services will remain focused on people who are homeless, fleeing their homes, or are at risk of losing their homes.

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