More than 100 Peterborough rough sleepers rehoused since COVID pandemic began

More than 100 rough sleepers in Peterborough have been given support to find long term accommodation since the COVID pandemic began.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 12:00 pm

When the pandemic hit at the end of March last year, Peterborough City Council was given a proportion of nationwide funding to move rough sleepers into hotel accommodation to keep them safe.

At its peak, a total of 123 rough sleepers were housed in hotel accommodation, thanks to Government funding. The Safer Off the Streets partnership, including the Light Project Peterborough worked around the clock to provide meals, laundry and support such as drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Since then, 103 former rough sleepers have been rehoused into long term accommodation.

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Rough sleepers in Peterborough

And in autumn 2020, when the annual national rough sleeper count was completed - just nine people were found to be sleeping rough - a decrease of 75.7 per cent compared to 2020.