'Sofa surfers' taken in by Dorset Council

'Sofa surfers' taken in by Dorset Council

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 2nd May 2020. (Updated at 12:11am 2nd May 2020)

More than 60 extra cases of homelessness have been accommodated by Dorset Council since the Covid 19 crisis began.

Many of these were single people who were ‘sofa surfing’ or renting a room from a friend, but were asked to leave because of concerns over self-isolation.

A report to councillors (May 5) says this group is different from those classed as rough sleepers and the authority is working to secure longer term accommodation for them once restrictions are lifted.

The council has also provided accommodation for 28 rough sleepers during the crisis with each of them receiving daily visits from support workers. Eight declined the offer of accommodation but continue to be supported by the council.

Dorset Council, south walks house

The council says it is developing a longer-term strategy for those it has a duty for, to move into longer term settled accommodation.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter