Let's Get Serious About Homelessness

After the arson attack on the Archer Project and the Government rolling back on its support for homeless people, it's time for Sheffield City Council to get serious and tackle this issue.

By Sheffield Liberal Democrats, May 20, 2020 2:05

A man sleeping rough.
▲ Image: Steven Lilley

Liberal Democrat Councillors are asking Sheffield City Council to get serious in the way it supports rough sleepers throughout the COVID-19 crisis. This follows the government roll-back of emergency accommodation support and an arson attack on a key homelessness charity.

Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, leader of the Liberal Democrats council group, will be seeking answers from the Labour-led Council on how it plans to support the Archer Project and keep homeless people safe in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. 

Shaffaq Mohammed said: “We are pushing for a city-wide fundraising appeal to help the Archer Project get back on its feet. A fundraising appeal would help in the short-term, but we need a better long-term strategy to get serious about homelessness in Sheffield. Without government support, many risk going back on the streets,” he added “I have major concerns that the Council just does not have the answers to these questions.”

Local Lib Dem campaigner Sophie Thornton added: “The Council scrapped a project last year to house Sheffield’s homeless, largely due to a lack of single-occupancy accommodation. With the government rolling back support and the Archer Project’s premises unusable, the Council has a lot of questions to answer about how it will step up to meet demand, or risk the lives of incredibly vulnerable people.”

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