Framework Housing Association has released figures which show the impact of COVID-19 on people sleeping rough in Nottinghamshire, during the peak of the pandemic.
The charity's Street Outreach Team recorded that 178 people were sleeping rough in the county between April and July, of which 40.4% were new to rough sleeping. 88 were accommodated in a hotel thanks to the Government's Everyone In Scheme and 72 are now living in Framework accommodation or private tenancies. (These figures were taken from a recent infographic published on Framework's social media channels.)
The impact of the pandemic on homeless and vulnerable people is continuing, however, and Framework is calling on the public to help it continue to tackle this new emergency by donating to the charity's COVID-19 Emergency Appeal.
On their website Framework states, "The national lockdown may be over but the pandemic’s challenges to homeless and vulnerable people remain: fear of infection has increased isolation and anxiety, with negative impacts on mental health problems and greater risk of alcohol and drug abuse. And, as the impact of the pandemic on the economy begins to be felt, a new emergency is looming with more people at risk of homelessness through unemployment, rent arrears and other financial difficulties. Already there is evidence of a rise in the number of rough sleepers with many rough sleeping for the first time. Help us provide a lifeline to those already homeless and the growing number now at risk of homelessness."
To donate to Framework's emergency appeal, click here.
The appeal will close on Saturday 10 October 2020.