Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update from The Passage Chief Executive, Mick Clarke: 3 April

I am very grateful to everyone who is supporting our work to help those who are street homeless into place of safety and to protect them from Coronoavirus. 

During the past week, The Passage has been working with other charities and agencies to rapidly move our clients into temporary accommodation. Hundreds of people have now been helped off the streets. 

We continue to support 148 clients in our three established accommodation projects and have launched a brand new ‘Food Hub’ in partnership with other local charities. This provides a vital mobile service distributing hot food and snacks seven days a week to homeless people helped off the streets and now safely housed in temporary accommodation across Westminster. The Passage is also a member of central government’s pan-London emergency response task force, responsible for helping hundreds more people off the streets. 

The work of The Passage will evolve as we continue to respond to the crisis and the challenges it presents. Our main focus now is to ensure that our clients remain safely in their accommodation and are well cared for by our frontline staff. Longer term, we will be working hard to ensure that this vulnerable group do not return to the streets when we are through the pandemic and instead helped into safe and sustainable accommodation for good.

Whilst much has been achieved, there is still much more to do, and (in partnership with other charities) we have signed an open letter to the Prime Minister detailing the next steps we believe need to be taken to protect homeless people from Covid-19.

Thank you for your continued support; it is very much appreciated.

Mick Clarke 
Chief Executive