Rough sleeping rates have fallen dramatically since the City of London Corporation converted a youth hostel in the Square Mile to provide beds for homeless people in May, at the height of the pandemic.

A ‘life-changing’ hostel for homeless people in the City will now continue to operate until the spring – with the help of almost £1 million in Government cash.

The City Corporation has announced the 45-bed hostel will now continue to operate until the end of March next year, supported by a £941,600 allocation from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

As the winter months approach, this extra funding from the government gives us time to continue helping the residents achieve stability in their lives so that they can move to more permanent housing.

As Deputy Chair of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Sub Committee, with fellow elected Members, we successfully worked together to ensure the City Corporation opened a new homeless hostel in the YHA youth hostel in Carter Lane on a three-month lease, later extended to September.

Since it opened, the number of rough sleepers typically found in the Square Mile on any given day has fallen from between 40 and 50 to around 15.

Meanwhile, the City Corporation has announced a new provider for its Rough Sleeping Outreach Service. From November, the service will be offered by the charity Thames Reach and will offer an increased focus on long-term rough sleepers with complex needs.