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The Passage responds to MHCLG’s £105m funding announcement to support the housing of rough sleepers taken off the streets during the pandemic

Responding to today’s announcement from the Ministry of Housing,Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), Mick Clarke, The Passage’s CEO said:

“The Passage welcomes today’s announcement. This extra funding gives local authorities the opportunity to support the work that The Passage and many other charities are doing to safely move rough sleepers out of hotels and into more permanent accommodation. Covid-19 has changed everything. So many people have been impacted by this awful virus, but those on the streets were hit the hardest, with nowhere to stay safe or self-isolate. We are very proud to have played a key role in rapidly helping hundreds of people off the streets and into safety, working together with many statutory and voluntary sector partners, in addition to keeping our other services running and operating safely. Our frontline staff have truly been amazing.

This response shows what can be achieved when there is the political will, and a sense of urgency and partnership. We have shown what can be achieved if everyone pulls together. Street homelessness has no place in 21st century Britain and we now find ourselves at a critical fork in the road; do we let things go back to the way they were? Or do we seize the opportunity to end street homelessness for good? The announcement today is the next step on the path to achieving this, and everyone must work together to ensure that momentum is maintained and that this opportunity is not lost.”