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RCP evidence: Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry on the impact of COVID-19 on homelessness

The RCP submitted evidence to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry on the impact of COVID-19 on homelessness and the private rented sector.

The RCP submitted evidence to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry on the impact of COVID-19 on homelessness and the private rented sector.

The evidence submitted commends the government and local authorities for their swift action in housing the majority of rough sleepers known to authorities at the beginning of lockdown. It also draws attention to the need for a comprehensive plan in place for when lockdown ends to ensure the support being offered to rough sleepers continues.

Stable housing is one way to improve health outcomes for the rough sleeping population, which also helps reduce pressure on the NHS.  

This is also an opportunity to think about how to make sure nobody ends up on the streets again. That means better access to Universal Credit, employment support, psychological support and health services. The government has an opportunity to dramatically reduce homelessness and improve the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable forever.

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