Call for accommodation to house Lichfield district’s homeless

Monday, 30th March 2020

IF you have an empty property or a second home in Lichfield District, the council needs your help during the coronavirus crisis.

Lichfield District Council has made an urgent call to second homeowners, hoteliers, B&Bs, Airbnb owners and student housing providers to come forward to offer accommodation to house the district’s homeless during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The council is seeking properties to house rough sleepers and homeless people. It says it is vital to get rough sleepers and homeless people into suitable accommodation to get them off the streets so they can self-isolate.

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Councillor Ashley Yeates, Cabinet Member for Communities & Housing, said: “While we have currently offered accommodation to all the rough sleepers and homeless in the District we still need to have reserves, especially during this crisis. It is so important that everyone has space to self-isolate, and this is near impossible for anyone who is sleeping rough. We are particularly looking for city centre-based accommodation, but all offers will be gratefully received.

“All of us need to pull together, so we can provide the care and support that is needed in this time of crisis.

“A big thank you to anyone who has already come forward and offered their help. We really hope to see others do the same in the coming days.”

The council will work with clients to find accommodation that is suitable for each individual, as well as ensuring food and support needs are met.

All businesses and individuals who provide emergency accommodation will be compensated, and the council hopes it will help businesses that have seen a reduction in demand because of the virus, protecting jobs and providing an income stream.

For more information and to contact Lichfield District Council’s housing team, email or call 01543 308711.

COVID-19 advice

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.