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Case study

Keeping the homeless safe during lockdown

Liberty’s voids team worked alongside landlord ForHousing and Salford City Council to provide emergency accommodation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Salford City Council approached landlords in the local area for support to provide emergency accommodation to people who were homeless during lockdown. These were people who were in B&Bs, were staying temporarily in one room accommodation or who became homeless during lockdown. Additional temporary accommodation was needed to enable people to stay safe and to have the space they needed to appropriately socially distance with their household members.

Liberty worked with partners to refurbish, decorate and furnish 139 ForHousing properties, as well as many others owned by other landlords in the city.

Through this partnership, Salford City Council provided accommodation and support to people in the city during this period, providing homes for people to move into a that we’re welcoming and secure.

Providing this service also allowed Liberty to maintain more jobs during the lockdown, with the full ‘Voids team’ being occupied and operational as a result, avoiding the need to furlough this team during the works.