Since the Coronavirus lockdown was put in place, over 15,000 rough sleepers have been housed in emergency accommodation, with £53million being spent on support services.
But while the government stated that Covid-19 crisis could be a chance to end rough sleeping and offer long-term help, many homelessness charities and support organisations have been forced to shut down front line services, such as drop in centres due to government directives. So, is there a real opportunity to end rough sleeping? And how can we do this?
On June 23, 11am, join Colmore BID for an online debate about tackling Birmingham’s homelessness situation. Hear from decision makers and those working on the frontlines about practical solutions and what both the government and general public can do to tackle the growing epidemic.
The event is free to attend online and will be hosted via Zoom. Once registered, a link to the debate will be emailed so that you can watch live on June 23.
Carly Jones, CEO, SIFA Fireside
Cllr Sharon Thompson, Cabinet Member of Homes and Neighbourhoods
Gareth Morris, Birmingham Superintendent, West Midlands Police
Jean Templeton, CEO, St. Basil's
Mike Best, Chair, Colmore BID's Safe and Sound working group