Since the COVID-19 outbreak, we have continued to provide remote casework support through our REACT project. This has been challenging but effective as we have supported over 35 people to find accommodation or access crisis support.
We are working with local voluntary organisations and groups in Westminster to identify where the need is greatest and offer our support.
Several talks with the Westminster Rough Sleeping Commissioner team have established that there is a dire need for many local rough sleepers to access showers, laundry and clean clothing. In response to this, we are re-opening our services as a Crisis Hygiene Hub to meet the needs of up to 50 rough sleepers a week. The Hub will operate as a referral only, appointment-based system in close collaboration with Westminster outreach teams and other voluntary partners. Due to the need for social distancing and other measures to protect against COVID-19 transmission, extra precautions are being taken and the project is being carefully risk assessed and reviewed. We are also acutely aware of the need to facilitate access to sustainable accommodation for rough sleepers as quickly as possible. Therefore a key element of the project is to offer caseworker support and advice to enable clients to find a pathway off the streets during these difficult times.
We value your support as we continue to restructure and tailor our services to restore dignity for those hardest hit by the pandemic.
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