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Urgent call to help Wiltshire homeless amid coronavirus outbreak

Wiltshire Council are calling on hotels, B&Bs, and Airbnbs to provide accommodation for homeless people and rough sleepers.

The authority says shelter is a particular need in the south of the county, and that it is vital to find suitable accommodation to allow them to self-isolate.

Leader of the council, Philip Whitehead, explained his concern regarding shared accommodation: "We know how difficult it is for homeless people under all circumstances, but if people are in shared accommodation it is very hard to self-isolate.

"This is worrying for them and others.

"We are asking hotels and B&B owners to offer their help by opening their doors to homeless people and families in Wiltshire, so that we are able to provide the care and support they need in this time of crisis.

"I’d like to thank those who have already come forward and offered their support and hope to see others do the same very shortly."

The authority says they will work with clients to find shelter that is suitable for each person, as well as ensuring they have the food and support they need.

If you are able to help the homeless and rough sleepers in Wiltshire, contact homeless@wiltshire.gov.uk.

According to the council, anyone who helps will be compensated.

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