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Hidden Homelessness Exposed: The Impact of COVID-19 on Single Homeless Households living in Temporary Accommodation

First published on December 2020

With the realisation that those without a home were particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, the government declared ‘Everyone In’ for 14,610 rough sleepers. And yet we have heard little about the support for, or impact on, the over 98,000 homeless in temporary accommodation.

This report, based on qualitative interviews with 19 individuals (17 men and 2 women) in Brighton and Manchester, sheds light on the impact of the pandemic and first national lockdown on single homeless households.

Our research took place between 5th May and 24th June 2020, focusing specifically on those living in emergency and unsupported temporary accommodation.