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B&NES COVID-19 Homeless Response

The Bath & North East Somerset Homeless Partnership met yesterday (12 March) to discuss mitigations should Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread and affect rough sleepers and others in housing need.

There is work still to be done, but good progress was made towards ensuring local charities and public services will be able to help people with a housing need if they are affected by coronavirus. This includes making sure everyone has their most basic needs met if they are in self-isolation, particularly ensuring they have food. Also discussed were contingency arrangements for alternative provision for rough sleepers if current provision is not available or is overloaded.

The Homeless Partnership will continue to meet weekly, where possible, and have put in place arrangements to ensure full and open communication between all the agencies involved, including a dedicated WhatsApp group.

If you have any questions about this, please direct them in the first instance to Roanne Wootten, Chair of the Homelessness Partnership on


Additionally one of the unfortunate consequences of the panic buying which has gone on is that agencies dealing with some of the most vulnerable members of society cannot access supplies of hand sanitizer – vital for those who haven’t got the luxury of a home bathroom to wash.

If you have any spare, please consider donating a bottle to our services. Please drop off donations to our office at 55 New King Street, Bath.