Coronavirus update June 24th 2020
The Treasury announced today that an extra £85m is being made available to Local Authorities. The money will ensure tha continued provision of accommodation for the 5,400 rough sleepers who have been temporarily housed since the start of Lockdown. We look forward to receiving details of how this will help homeless men and women in Maidstone.
At the start of lockdown, all the rough sleepers in our area were offered places in emergency accommodation, by Maidstone Borough Council but their problems didn't disappear overnight and so we have continued working with them to offer the best service possible in spite of distancing considerations.Our main concern is always the wellbeing of our men and women clients and so our staff have been keeping in touch with the most vulnerable to offer support by telephone or socially distanced face to face meetings. We are part of a strong network of local agencies, each with a special part to play. We value our relationships with local agencies, it is true that we are stronger together.
It is always heartwarming to receive a thank you.
To Maidstone Day Centre
I want to express my thanks for the amazing partnership working during these unprecedented times. Despite lockdown, social distancing and the ongoing threat of Covid 19, frontline agencies have continued to provide services for those most at risk and most in need in our communities. As Porchlight's Housing First Coordinator, I want to take this opportunity to sau how much I have valued the ongoing support I have received from Maidstone Day Centre in ensuring that thos housed under Porchlight's Housing First Project, have been assisted with food parcels throughout the lockdown and social isolation period.
The provision of food parcels has not only been a great support to those in need but also to me; by limiting my need to shop during peak times, to buy food for my clients, my risk of exposure to the virus is much reduced.
It is with good interagency partnership working that we often make the most difference.
Again, thank you
Housing First Coordinator
Maidstone Homeless Care Social
I’m doing really well, I’m in France visiting mum and dad and having a great time, thanks for all your help and everything you’ve done for me. Nick
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- gov.uk - Indices of deprivation 2015
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