In order to ensure that people sleeping rough had access to a place of safety during the covid pandemic, 6 short-term emergency accommodation schemes were set up across the county. These included the use of hotels, holiday parks, a house of multiple occupation, and bunkabins.
Bunkabins are single berth and fully self-contained with showers and cooking facilities. 11 cabins are temporarily sited at Carrick Car Park, Truro, known as the Carrick Cabins, with an additional 10 temporarily sited at Long Rock in Penzance. These cabins are within walking distance from town, enabling access to shops and other services for those accommodated.
Cornwall Council delivered each of these schemes in partnership with Cornwall Housing Limited (CHL) with 24/7 staffing in place. Additional support is provided to residents by a range of other agencies as required, including those working in Domestic Abuse, Mental Health, We Are With You (WAWY), the Community Drug and Alcohol Treatment team and Primary Care, which offered health care despite some of the provision being at a rural location. This ensured a true partnership approach with creative and multi-disciplinary plans to best meet the needs of the residents.
An example of this strong partnership was the working arrangements developed between CHL and WAWY which ensured those who previously did not engage in treatment had that opportunity. Dedicated WAWY support staff provided drug and alcohol harm reduction advice and substitute prescribing. This working protocol included all staff being naloxone trained with naloxone kits provided to all sites should there have been the need to save a life following an overdose. Blood Borne Virus support and training for the teams was also provided as well as smoking cessation advice and support.
As a result of the emergency accommodation and additional support provided, many individuals have been able to turn their lives around and have now moved on to more permanent accommodation. Many remain engaged with support services and some have started courses.
This was taken from the Safer Cornwall website.