HOMELESS people in West Berkshire have been given extra help to find accommodation so they can safely self-isolate.

Rough sleepers in the district have been housed after the government called on councils across the country to help them during the coronavirus pandemic.

West Berkshire Council and volunteer groups have worked together to make sure homeless people can protect themselves and others from Covid-19, by having somewhere to stay indoors.

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Councillor Hilary Cole (Con, Chieveley & Cold Ash), lead for housing, said: “We have been fortunate to form strong relationships with local hotel providers in the area who were keen to support vulnerable members of the community.

“Together with increased support from local charities and voluntary services, we have successfully accommodated 22 individuals into self-contained rooms. 

“The 22 people comprised of 12 who were sleeping rough, two who presented as homeless and eight individuals who were being accommodated in shared hostel accommodation.”

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As well as accommodation help, the homeless can access support for mental health and food provided by charities. 

Housing officers at the council are taking the opportunity to draw up an individual plan for everybody who has been helped during the coronavirus. 

Cllr Cole said: “This will promote better relationships with each individual and allow for a more effective moving on process when Covid-19 is no longer a risk to the population.”