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Council to House Homeless in Student Accommodation

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Rough sleepers in Portsmouth are to be moved into student accommodation.

More than 200 homeless people have been living in hotels in Portsmouth since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Around 100 have already moved to private rented accommodation or shared housing, according to Portsmouth City Council.

Up to 110 are expected to be re-housed in two empty student blocks in the city by the end of the month. The council said the student blocks would be used while it searched for more permanent accommodation.

In addition to housing, services will be provided, such as specialist support for those with substance misuse issues.

The move follows the government's announcement earlier this year to provide £105m to help councils across England house rough sleepers until next March.

Darren Sanders, cabinet member for housing and preventing homelessness, said: "This package enables us to offer secure, safe accommodation to those who want it, while we work with partners on plans we want to last for years."

"It is clear from listening to rough sleepers that they want support, not just a place to live, and that is what we will offer."