Thursday, 08 December 2016

Vulnerable protestors supported into housing

A homelessness charity helped six vulnerable people into temporary accommodation this morning after they were ejected from a protest camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral.

Howard Sinclair, chief executive of Broadway, told Inside Housing that he and his team were on site last night and early this morning to offer support to vulnerable people who had been sleeping on the streets as part of Occupy London.

Inside Housing reported last year that the number of rough sleepers had grown from 20 to 25 in the space of one month since the protest began in October.

It was feared that the camp would act as a magnet for vulnerable people and cause them harm by stopping them engaging with support services.

Mr Sinclair said: ‘We were there last night and set up an information centre working with people at the camp and with authorities.

‘We managed to get 6 people last night into appropriate temporary accommodation who were vulnerable for a variety of reasons. We found them safe places and we left once everyone had gone.’

Mr Sinclair said he and his team of outreach workers had been in contact with people at the camp since the beginning of the protests and had helped ensure vulnerable people were offered support they needed.

‘Credit to people at the camp,’ he said. ‘Everyone realised there was vulnerable people there. Above the politics and protesting, everyone tried to help them through Broadway.’

Protestors were evicted from the outside the cathedral on Tuesday morning following a court ruling against a last-ditch appeal.

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