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Coronavirus crisis shows why homelessness urgently needs to become a thing of the past

The terrifying reality of living rough is never more apparent than when someone is ill. There is no bed, there are no walls, there is little physical safety, or protection from the elements. And there is no personal space to control or keep clean.

People who work in the homeless sector have started to plan for how to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. But this will prove difficult over the coming weeks and months as care and treatment may not always be accessible to those who are in need. Whether it’s people living rough, homeless families in overcrowded temporary accommodation, or people in shared temporary or emergency supported housing, many will probably find it impossible to self-isolate.

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