Help for the homeless

As covid-19 took hold of the UK, many came together to provide shelter for the most vulnerable. Some 15,000 homeless people were given a roof over their head and an ambition of the homelessness and housing sector was achieved almost overnight.

While the response to the pandemic has initially taken people off the streets, postponed evictions and kept people in employment, there is a risk that this progress could unravel. Looking to avoid this, Norfolk housing association Flagship Group has used covid-19 as an opportunity to bring forward its Hopestead initiative, with a goal to end homelessness in the east of England.

“We didn’t expect to launch Hopestead so soon,” said Hopestead managing director Marie Claire Delbrouque

“However, due to the pandemic, we had to think differently and ask ourselves ‘what else we can do now?’. We know covid-19 has the potential to further increase homelessness, particularly with social renters being most at risk. By working together with like-minded organisations, we can ensure everyone has a place to call home.”

Throughout lockdown, the initiative provided financial and welfare support to Flagship customers, at a time when they needed it most.

“It’s just been lovely to help people and take the financial worry away from them,” said Diane Monument, housing officer at Flagship.

“Hopestead has been the difference between people keeping their homes and not.”

Flagship will soon launch Hopestead as its new charity committed to ending homelessness in the region. Follow @_Hopestead on Twitter

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