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Coronavirus: Taskforce set up to help rough sleepers with nowhere to self-isolate

No access to hand sanitiser or even anywhere to wash their hands

13 March, 2020 — By Sam Ferguson

A Covid-19 homelessness taskforce is meeting this afternoon at Union Chapel in Islington to discuss how to limit infections among vulnerable rough sleepers in Islington.

Streets Kitchen founder Jon Glackin said representatives from the council, Tricky Period, Shelter from the Storm, Museum of Homelessness, The Outside Project and The Margins Project will take part in the meeting.

“We need to be sitting down together and finding simple solutions,” Mr Glackin added.

“I’m hoping that a group decision can be reached to work together and find solutions. We have a duty of care to the homeless and to our volunteers. I see rough sleepers who have no access to hand sanitiser or even anywhere to wash their hands. They are being turned away by security.”

“We’ve been taking people’s temperatures, but if they have a high temperature or any other symptoms, where are they supposed to self-isolate? There’s nowhere for them to go. People need to help each other.”

Homeless charities also sent a letter to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on Wednesday, calling for Mildmay Hospital in Shoreditch to be opened to homeless people who have the virus.


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