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Written evidence to Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Inquiry on the impact of COVID-19 on homelessness and the private rented sector

Date: May 2020

Government guidance and support in response to COVID-19 has focused on securing accommodation for rough sleepers and protecting some tenants from eviction and repossession. While these measures are very welcome, and necessary, there has not been as much attention on the ‘hidden homeless’, including homeless families living in unsuitable temporary accommodation and young people, such as care leavers, who are housed in insecure and unregulated accommodation and who face homelessness. We are particularly concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on care leavers, a group who are widely recognised to be at greater risk of homelessness than other young people and one we support regularly through our casework. In CRAE and Just for Kids Law's submission to the  Housing, Communities and Local Government parliamentary committee inquiry into the Impact of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) on homelessness and the private rented sector, we share evidence of these young people's experiences.

Read our submission here.

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