Kendal charity for homeless has open house again

A homeless charity in Kendal will open its doors and restart services again today after closing during lockdown.

Staff at Manna House who help vulnerable people in South Lakeland have continued to offer telephone advice and emotional support during the shutdown period, but from next Monday its Ann Street premises will fully reopen.

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'Life-saving' hotel stay for former rough sleeper

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Mark Cardwell

A former rough sleeper said being housed in a hotel during lockdown was “life-saving” – and he hoped to return to work since moving to social housing.

Homeless person

Sam Foster, 35, was one of a number of homeless people who were able to stay in a Birmingham city centre hotel as part of a scheme during coronavirus lockdown.

The scheme provided funding for local authorities to sign contracts with hotels for emergency accommodation for homeless people at the height of the crisis.

The contract with the hotel has now run out, but Mr Foster has moved into a flat operated by Trident Reach, which delivers homeless services on behalf of Birmingham City Council.

Since leaving the hotel, Mr Foster said life was “more back to normal” and he was hopeful of being able to return to work and “getting his life back in order”.

Man worth £100,000 living in London park

A man worth at least £100,000 is living in a London park due to mental health difficulties, a court has heard.

The unnamed man was awarded the cash by the Home Office after being unlawfully held in immigration detention the Court of Protection heard.

But barrister Leonie Hirst said the man, who is in his 40s, does not have the mental capacity to make decisions about his finances, because of his mental health difficulties.

She said no-one had been appointed to manage money on his behalf after his court case.

Evidence now showed that the man was now homeless, living in a London park and drinking hand sanitiser, she said.

Mr Justice Hayden appointed a professional to manage money on the man's behalf so that he could be found accommodation.

The judge considered the man's case at a virtual hearing in the Court of Protection, where judges make rulings about people who may lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves, on Monday.

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Martin was given a hotel room as the coronavirus pandemic struck but says he faces "the unknown".

Homeless people kept 'safe' during lockdown

The number of homeless people given a place to stay by councils during the coronavirus lockdown in Suffolk has reached about 250, with accommodation provided in hotels and bed and breakfasts.

The government has said it is going to extend funding so longer term secure accommodation can be found for everyone.

Nick, who has "sofa-surfed" and been sleeping rough, was given a hotel room by Ipswich Borough Council in April.

He said he had been "safe" and able to talk to family members.

But he said it had not been the same for everyone as "there are still some here who are leaving and do not have anywhere to go".

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Before the lockdown, Amanda was sleeping rough in Manchester City centre.
Amanda tells BBC Radio 5 Live about her experience after she was housed in a hotel in Manchester.