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Health service a 'last resort' for emergency accommodation

Island has been without a homeless shelter for almost a year

The current lack of night shelter for homeless people on the Isle of Man means the health service is having to step in as a last resort.

Health Minister Lawrie Hooper confirmed Manx Care operates a process for accessing emergency temporary accommodation, such as short stays in hotels or bedsits.

In response to a Tynwald question from Onchan MHK Rob Callister, Mr Hooper says there is no statutory obligation or responsibility on the Department of Health and Social Care or Manx Care to provide accommodation. 

But, he adds that it is recognised that the lack of provision elsewhere makes the health service the provider of last resort.

Mr Hooper's response confirms Manx Care will seek to help individuals at any time of year, and that the Adult Social Care service works to provide additional support and signpost individuals to third sector organisations for housing support and other social based assistance.

Those requiring emergency accommodation, particularly out of hours, can contact the Manx Care Adult Services Access Team on 686179.

The Island has been without a night shelter for almost a year following the closure of Graih's overnight facility.

Earlier this month, government's Housing and Communities Board confirmed it would be publishing a draft strategy to tackle homelessness in September.

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