Homeless people in London will be offered a two-week stay in a hotel over Christmas – with three meals a day and virtual celebrity appearances.
The homeless charity Crisis is unable to use large-scale dormitories to house street sleepers during the holiday season due to the risk of transmission of Covid-19.
Instead – breaking away from nearly 50 years of tradition – the charity paid for 517 hotel rooms at four London hotels which were provided by London Hotel Group at cheaper rates.
Homeless people in London will be offered a two-week stay in a hotel over Christmas – with three meals a day and virtual celebrity appearances. Pictured: A homeless man in London in November
Homeless charities said several households were “severely affected” by the coronavirus crisis – even before the peak of Covid reached. Pictured: A homeless man in London in April
Crisis Christmas boss Ian Richards told the Sunday Times: “Normally we would run 10 centers with 4,000 guests and 12,000 volunteers.
“Then it happened, and we really had to stop and reinvent the wheel from scratch.
“We didn’t want to do anything less. Our first goal was to deliver as much as we have always done in a different way.
Guests will receive three hot meals per day – delivered via room service.
A special app created by a volunteer will allow residents to stream entertainment from a phone. It will also let them know when health services – including a podiatrist – can be used in the hotel.
Actors Imelda Staunton and Jonathan Pryce and pop star Ellie Goulding are set to appear virtually for a streaming Christmas quiz on December 25.
Homeless charities said several households were “severely affected” by the coronavirus crisis – even before the peak reached.
There are fears that job losses, short-lived evictions and lack of government-funded hotel stays during the second lockdown were not enough to help those who desperately need it.
Actors Imelda Staunton (left) and Jonathan Pryce and pop star Ellie Goulding (right) are set to appear virtually for a Christmas streaming quiz on December 25.
Some 36,690 households were classified as homeless between January and March of this year, according to statistics from the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
An additional 38,450 households were assessed as at risk of homelessness within 56 days during the same period.
More recent reports on homelessness figures have yet to be released, but the number of people on the streets is believed to have increased in the fall.
In the first lockdown, 15,000 fully funded hotel stays were offered to homeless Britain.
This pattern was not repeated in the second round of nationwide restrictions. Increased funding for organizations and boards was offered instead.