Behind the scenes, a mighty effort has been taking place to ensure 45 homeless people in Watford have safe and secure accommodation following their previous residence being no longer safe to stay in.
New Hope called upon Watford Borough Council, Dean Russell MP (pictured) and OneYMCA to help re-house these vulnerable people.
After round-the-clock efforts, One YMCA and a Watford hotel said they could provide 45 rooms for homeless people in Watford.
Whilst the COVID-19 crisis is a national threat, it is clear that those who are homeless are at an exceptionally higher risk as without residence, it is difficult for them to self-isolate or social distance.
New Hope CEO Matthew Heasman said: “During these unprecedented times, it is yet again those most vulnerable who are at the highest risk. I am delighted that after a huge effort, we will be able to provide accommodation for 45 homeless people in Watford. New Hope have been working extensively with both the Watford Borough Council, OneYMCA housing team and Dean Russell MP – with Dean representing us at a government level. Both the council, OneYMCA and Dean Russell have shown their commitment to New Hope and helping those in the most need during this time.”
Dean Russell MP said: “I am delighted that those 45 homeless people will now all have somewhere safe and secure to sleep during this pandemic. Achieving this was a cross-partnership effort and it shows how powerful Watford can be when we work collaboratively. Special praise is due to New Hope who every day of year are out helping the homeless in Watford. I was pleased when they called me for help to be able to do my bit.”
Elected Mayor Peter Taylor said: “It is vital that we do all that we can to help the most vulnerable members of our community at this difficult time. Over the last few days, the teams at New Hope, One YMCA and Watford Council have responded quickly to make sure that we can support people who are sleeping rough or experiencing homelessness in our town.
I know that they have worked closely with local and national politicians and local hotels to make sure that we do everything we can to stop the spread of this deadly virus among rough sleepers in Watford. I am pleased with the impact this work has had and it is a testament to the hard work of many people. We must remain committed to seeing the end of rough sleeping in Watford so that every person can have the dignity of a decent home and the opportunity to lead a fulfilling life.”
Picture courtesy of Hoss Photography