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Published: Friday, 20th March 2020

Extra support for homeless people and charities during coronavirus pandemic.

Following the news that both Leamington Night shelters have been forced to close in the wake of the coronavirus emergency, Warwick District Council is securing additional furnished and self-contained accommodation, which it will offer to all verified rough sleepers in the district. 

The Council is also providing funding to The Salvation Army, Helping Hands and Leamington Winter Shelter which will allow them to supply those being housed with food parcels and telephone support.  

The Council’s hostel, William Wallsgrove House, will remain open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, with a reduced number of residents who are each to be provided with their own room.  

Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Property, Cllr Jan Matecki said: "Homeless people are amongst the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in our society and their associated health problems can mean that they are particularly at risk from the virus. It is only right that we offer a place in which they can keep themselves safe at this difficult time or be able to self-isolate if they need to. If these arrangements work well, we will convert the temporary agreements into a longer term tenancy."

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