The policy of housing everyone during the pandemic is ending. Only emergency action will stop a rise in first-time rough sleepers

In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, as we went into lockdown, something extraordinary happened.

Close on 15,000 people in England who had been sleeping on our streets or in crowded night shelters, often bedding down just inches from strangers, were provided with hotel rooms and other forms of emergency accommodation under the government’s ‘Everyone In’ initiative. In a matter of days, streets like the Strand in London, where the sight of someone sleeping in a doorway had sadly become the norm, were close to empty.

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