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London homeless hostels promised £40m to remodel for social distancing

Posted On: 18 May 2020   |   Posted By: The Big Issue

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is putting forward a £40 million fund for homelessness hostels and women's refuges to transform their facilities and help keep residents safe from the spread of Covid-19.
After it was found that around half of London hostel residents shared bathroom facilities with other people - with four per cent of bed spaces in shared rooms - the Homelessness Change programme is set to allow hostels to redesign how they operate and make it easier to maintain social distancing.
It's expected that, with no end to social distancing requirements in sight, many organisations will be looking to make permanent changes to how their hostels function including remodelling communal spaces and adding en-suites where possible.
Khan said: “The coronavirus pandemic has changed so much about how we all live our lives. The most vulnerable Londoners need our support at this time more than ever.
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