On 26th March 2020, the Minister for Local Government and Homelessness wrote to local authorities asking them to urgently accommodate all rough sleepers as part of the Covid-19 lockdown across the country.
The focus was provision of adequate facilities to enable people to adhere to the guidance on hygiene or isolation, including for those who are at risk of sleeping rough. In response, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) announced it would spend £5 million in order to house 1,000 rough sleepers and individuals living in emergency accommodation in hotels.
Our new, independent evaluation reviews the impact and learnings from Riverside’s experience of delivering supported accommodation at one of these hotels, the Holiday Inn Express Manchester East, as part of this unique, unprecedented approach to what has become known as ‘Everybody In’.
We are keen to share our experiences and learning of working with people sleeping rough in this situation with the sector and you can download and read a full interim report below as well as a shorter summary overview – the aims of which were to:
- Measure the impact on residents – including consideration of the way their health, wellbeing, financial situation, substance dependency has changed.
- Consider learning points and implications of this very specific approach and the potential for adoption of aspects of the approach by mainstream services.
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New research from @RiversideEHT explores what is different about the accommodation provided under Everybody In and what we can learn for long-term provision of supported housing.