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Bristol homeless: ‘Toughest winter yet’ for rough sleepers
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Bristol homeless: ‘Toughest winter yet’ for rough sleepers



The “toughest winter yet” could be ahead for homeless people in Bristol, the city council has warned.

There are 75 rough sleepers in the city, according to the latest figures.

Councillor Helen Godwin, cabinet member for women, families and homes, said the authority has supported
"hundreds" to find emergency accommodation.

A spokesman for Care in Bristol said the number in the first lockdown had dropped to 30-40 but had
increased now, with demand for accommodation also up.

“We are very concerned about the safety of people rough sleeping, and those that are facing the prospect
of it this winter," the charity's spokesman added.

Councillor Goodwin added that "this could be the toughest winter yet faced by the homeless community".

"The impacts the pandemic have had on our charity sector, local government finances and the growth in
the number of homeless and rough sleepers will impact on our ability to help everyone off the streets
this winter."

Help Bristol's Homeless said they were also concerned as "demand for accommodation has increased".

The charity typically provides 12 sleeping places on its emergency bus, but due to Covid-19 restrictions,
they are limited to two people only – one upstairs and one downstairs.

Application increase
"More people are at risk of becoming homeless due to a change in their financial circumstances, leaving
them unable to pay their bills in privately-rented accommodation," the charity added.

“The 'no evictions during lockdown' message from the government was made earlier in the year,
yet despite that, we have seen an increase in these types of applications.”

Research, published in the Lancet, estimated 266 homeless lives were saved by preventative measures
such as the use of hotels, closing dormitory-style communal shelters and increased infection control
measures in hostels in England during the first wave.

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