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Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:13

Homeless and vulnerable being put up in hotels as coronavirus forces Nottingham shelters to close

Homeless and vulnerable being put up in hotels as coronavirus forces Nottingham shelters to close Homeless and vulnerable being put up in hotels as coronavirus forces Nottingham shelters to close

 

A number of Nottingham's homeless are being temporarily housed in hotels as the coronavirus pandemic forces shelters and support centres to close.

Emmanuel House, which operates a night shelter and a support centre in Goose Gate, closed from 10.30am on Tuesday, March 23, in response to Boris Johnson's strict measures to stop the spread of covid-19.

The day centre typically serves between 70 and 90 meals per day and provides the city's most vulnerable with a hot shower, clothing and support services.

However, the continuing spread of the virus - which has so far infected 49 people in Nottingham and killed a further six - has led to the service taking the decision to close its doors.

Denis Tully, the chief executive of the charity, said those who sleep at the night shelter are now being put up in hotels across the city.

"Guests are moving to a hotel today and will be supported by health professionals and Framework navigators in the day and by Shelter staff at night," he told Nottinghamshire Live.

"In response to the Prime Ministers announcement on March 23, 2020 about coronavirus, reducing movement of people and increasing self-isolation, Emmanuel House will be closed from 10.30am on Tuesday, March 24 2020.

"People in our care who are homeless and using the Shelter are being catered for, with the intention that for the next two weeks, they will be provided with facilities that make it possible to self-isolate and have their basic needs met.

"The situation regarding the restoration of services will be kept under constant review with any further action being taken in line with Government advice about the lifting of restricted movement and inter-personal association.

"If anyone needs a service today they should telephone 0115 950 7140."

The closures come as support workers on the ground, including rough sleeping coordinator Kim Pike, asked for old mobile phone donations so those on the streets can for help in an emergency.

Homelessness charity Framework has also spent more than £15,000 responding to what it described as a "crisis".

It is asking for donations to cover the cost of 'hostel boxes' for covid-19 infection control, which include gloves, aprons for staff, hand sanitiser, surface wipes, face masks, mobile phones and government guidance for self-isolation.

A spokesperson said: "Coronavirus is the biggest challenge we have ever faced. We are desperately concerned about the welfare of our residents.

"If you are able to, a donation of £20 covers emergency food packages and care packages for services."

You can donate to Framework here, and Emmanuel House here.

 

source: https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/homeless-vulnerable-being-put-up-3981151

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19 September 2020