Emergency hotel accommodation secured for all rough sleepers in Glasgow



Glasgow City Council has reached a deal to provide hotel accommodation for all of the city’s rough sleepers amid the coronavirus crisis.

The local authority said there is enough emergency accommodation in hotels and B&Bs to accommodate around 30 people who were sleeping rough in the city centre.

Glasgow City Mission was forced into an early closure of its Winter Night Shelter last week after one guest and one staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

And over the weekend, Simon Community Scotland used £300,000 of Scottish Government towards purchasing hotel accommodation to house homeless people in Edinburgh and Glasgow to keep them safe during the pandemic.

Glasgow City Council has now also received cash from the Scottish Government and said it worked with Simon Community Scotland to identify people and get them into rooms.

Cllr Mhairi Hunter, Glasgow’s city convener for health and social care, said: “Over the past fortnight, Glasgow’s Health & Social Care Partnership have been focused on securing additional emergency accommodation for those who require it. This has included several hotels in the city and ensures that all of those whom we have a responsibility to assist, can self-isolate where necessary in accordance with the official COVID-19 guidance.

“Additional funding was provided by the Scottish Government to offer accommodation to rough sleepers whom our Street Team liaise with daily. We commission Simon Community Scotland to provide the Street Team and have worked in partnership with them to address this issue.

“I’d personally like to thank all frontline HSCP staff who are working hard during this unprecedented emergency to support the city’s most vulnerable residents, both young and old.”

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