£782,000 extra funding to get rough sleepers off the streets in Coventry

The funding has helped secured accommodation at The Days Hotel to house rough sleepers over the winter months.

Homeless man leaning against wall

Coventry City Council has received an additional £782,000 from the government to house rough sleepers during the winter in response to the knock-on effect of COVID-19.

The funding was secured from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to fund a range of local projects. 

The Council and its partners will use part of the money to pay for rooms it has already secured at the Days Hotel to accommodate dozens of people who would otherwise be sleeping on the street over the coming months.

Cllr David Welsh explained that “The Days Hotel is already accommodating people who would otherwise be sleeping on the street and we plan to utilise a larger number of rooms at the site”.

Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in March, existing funding has helped to get 220 people off the streets or out of night shelters and into housing, but there are still around 95 people that need to be accommodated.

The scheme will provide not only accommodation but a range of other support, including the presence of an outreach team in the hotel working to help move people onto longer-term accommodation, plus hotel security to keep people safe.

Cllr Welsh added: “There has been a massive effort to support rough sleepers and people who are homeless, and although this is just one part of the strategy, it signifies another decisive step in helping our most vulnerable residents”.