We are continuing to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and are doing everything we can to support the Government and NHS responses by meeting the needs of people facing homelessness in Carlisle.
We are actively engaged in countywide discussions and plans to coordinate and manage responses to coronavirus and rough sleeping with key partners. This includes stopping homeless people from congregating where there is a higher risk of transmission; and procuring emergency accommodation for those confirmed as rough sleeping.
We continue to provide emergency accommodation to men, women and families in line with our statutory responsibilities; and support those who are in our emergency accommodation where it is difficult to self-isolate, making sure that these people have access to the facilities that enable them to adhere to public health guidance on hygiene and self-isolation. We are utilising alternative powers and funding to assist those where there is no duty owed, to access shelter due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will actively seek to procure additional emergency provision should this be required in the coming weeks.
We currently have a range of emergency accommodation options including hostels, safe houses and self-contained dispersed provision which are all still operational; we are having to temporarily reprioritise our operational delivery to ensure that critical services, with safe levels of staffing, can continue to be provided to vulnerable people.
We will continue to deliver responsive services 24 hour a day and will continue to do all we can to support vulnerable residents; including those at risk of or experiencing domestic abuse and rough sleeping.
We will support people to access basics such as food and clinician care who need it, and where possible separate people who have significant drug and alcohol needs from those who do not.
We are delivering essential services safely in line with government guidelines to protect vulnerable people and staff. This includes following our usual out of hours approach via telephone interview.
You can contact our services directly using this link https://hpa2.org/refer/CARL
If you are unable to complete the online referral link you can email us via [email protected]
You can also contact us during normal office hours by calling 01228 817200.
Our out of hours contact numbers are 01228 817386 (single women and families) and 01228 817373 (single men).