Free accommodation for Hackney residents who need to self-isolate
A new project to provide extra support to residents who need to self-isolate due to Covid-19 but are unable to do so at home has been launched by Hackney Council and local partners.
Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19, or who lives with someone who does, will now be eligible for free hotel accommodation if they find it hard to self-isolate, in a pilot designed to test whether this support helps limit the spread of infection.
The scheme, funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, will run until 31 August and also includes extra PCR testing and PPE for those who register, and help to access existing grants.
Residents can receive free accommodation in a self-catering apartment or in a hotel for the 10-day period – including three hotel meals per day or help accessing self-catering emergency food deliveries.
We’ve seen around the world how successful it can be to put extra effort into making it easy for people to self-isolate – especially if they live in a busy home or simply don’t have the space to quarantine themselves from their family or housemates.
This pilot project aims to test that theory here in Hackney – and I’d encourage people to take up our offer if they test positive or are told they must self-isolate but are worried about how they’ll manage.
We’ll try everything possible to cut the spread of coronavirus in Hackney, and by working closely with the Government the results of this project will help us all work out the best ways to successfully and quickly contain positive cases in the coming months and years.
To access support, call 020 8356 3111 and select Option 3. You’ll need verification of a positive Covid-19 test for you or someone in your household.