DORSET Council’s housing officers have teamed up with partners from The Lantern Trust and Julian House to find accommodation for 24 people that have been identified as sleeping rough in the local area during the coronavirus epidemic.
Of these 24 people, the council has helped, or is in the process of helping, 14 individuals into accommodation, and making sure they get the support they need.
Accommodation has also been found for the eight homeless people who were supported by the Bus Shelter project in Weymouth.
Some rough sleepers have been offered accommodation but for personal reasons have refused the offer and wish to remain where they are for now.
Housing officers and support workers will continue to work with these people and discuss alternative options.
Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, portfolio holder for housing at Dorset Council, said: “I would like to thank all our partners, housing officers and local accommodation providers who have worked together to make this possible and provide safe and secure accommodation for our rough sleepers during this challenging time.
“A couple of rough sleepers have been a bit more difficult to locate and speak to, but our officers have made contact and we understand that they do not want help or support at this time. Where possible well being checks will be made on these people.”
If you are aware of someone sleeping rough who is not being supported, please report this online at StreetLink via streetlink.org.uk