Coronavirus will affect the homeless disproportionately. They are are unable to self-isolate safely and cannot protect themselves from potentially fatal infection. When staying in a shelter with others who may be infected they will either contract the virus unknowingly or be forced back on to the streets.
Crisis' policy director Matthew Downie said: "People sleeping rough are particularly vulnerable because they are more likely to have a range of existing health conditions and face specific challenges in that they may be unable to regularly wash their hands, nor can they self-isolate if they feel unwell.'
National Funding Scheme is raising an emergency fund to support and care for the homeless who are in extreme danger from COVID-19. Funds raised will be donated to Crisis or other charities working to protect the homeless.