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Saturday 28 March 2020

Council appeal to help rough sleepers and avoid homelessness

Cheshire East Council is following government advice to do all it can to help the homeless in the borough during the present health emergency.

The council has already succeeded in securing temporary accommodation for some and is hopeful of ensuring that no one is sleeping rough or is made homeless during the current coronavirus crisis.

Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for housing, said: “It is vital that we do all we can to deal with the risk of homelessness and Cheshire East Council is urging all families and property landlords not to make anyone homeless as this could only put them and others at risk.

“We are working with charities, faith groups and our partners to assist with a prevention strategy while not placing any of their staff and volunteers at risk. 

“We are exploring various options to secure temporary accommodation while working to assist those in priority need, including rough sleepers.

“Simultaneously, our Gypsy and Traveller liaison officers are working with the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma community to advise them on the current health emergency around Covid-19 and the need for regular hand washing and good hygiene.”

If you know of anyone who is homeless or you are homeless yourself, please contact the council’s Homelessness Team on 0300 123 5017 (Option 2).

Owing to the current health emergency you may need to leave a message and wait for a member of the team to return your call. Please be patient and be aware that ur staff are working through this emergency to help as many people as they can.

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