Additional support for homeless people and rough sleepers
The most vulnerable in our society remain a top priority for Chelmsford City Council, including people sleeping rough and others who are homeless. Officers from Chelmsford City Council, Essex County Council, neighbouring local authorities and central government are working together to develop additional support for those who are sleeping rough.
The night shelter in Chelmsford, run by CHESS Homeless, have their own contingency plans in place should there be a virus case. CHESS and other services and charities are providing information to all clients to help protect them from the virus and maintain support as best they can in challenging circumstances. These organisations and their volunteers are currently working alongside us to do everything that they can to help others.
The City Council, with our partners CHESS, Essex County Council, Police and other local organisations are currently concentrating efforts to maintain contact with rough sleepers and plan for additional accommodation with the aim to manage the risk of illness and reduce the need to go back to the streets.
If anyone is worried that they are going to become homeless, you do not need to come to us in order to be helped. As soon as you become aware that you are at risk of homelessness, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01245 606880. It is often possible to prevent homelessness if advice is given early.
We are currently still running our choice-based lettings scheme. If you are on the Housing Register, you can express your interest in properties advertised each week by the registered providers (housing associations).
Therefore, you can still bid on available properties and we will continue to assess who is the successful nominee in line with our housing need and allocations policy.
However, as most landlords of social housing have currently suspended lettings due to coronavirus, if you are successful for a nomination and the registered provider is willing to offer a tenancy, your move date will be delayed.
Due to coronavirus, we have made some temporary amendments to our housing assistance policy. You can view the updated housing assistance policy.