Carlisle City Council has sent out a plea to private landlords to help them support vulnerable people.
The Council is asking any landlords with available properties to get in touch with its Homelessness Support team at [email protected] or by calling 01228 817386.
Various incentives are on offer such as rent in advance and rent deposits should private landlords be willing to support housing Carlisle’s residents.
Cllr Paul Nedved, Portfolio holder for Economy, Enterprise and Housing, said: “We are continuing to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and are doing everything we can to support the needs of people facing homelessness in Carlisle.
“Our Homelessness support team has a range of emergency accommodation options including hostels, safe houses and self-contained dispersed provision which are all still operational. However we are appealing to private landlords to contact us and offer their support so that we have every possible resource at our disposal, should we need it. The team is continuing to deliver responsive services 24 hour a day and are doing all they can to support vulnerable residents; including those experiencing domestic abuse and rough sleeping.”
The council continues to provide emergency accommodation to men, women and families in line with statutory responsibilities; and is supporting those who are in their emergency accommodation where it is difficult to self-isolate, making sure that these people have access to the facilities that enable them to adhere to public health guidance on hygiene and self-isolation.
The council is also supporting people to access basics such as food and clinician care who need it, and where possible separate people who have significant drug and alcohol needs from those who do not.
The council is delivering essential services safely in line with government guidelines to protect vulnerable people and staff. This includes following their usual out of hours approach via telephone interview.
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