The Government wrote to local authorities yesterday, 26 March 2020, requesting they urgently accommodate rough sleepers, and those in hostels and nightshelters.
The headline statement is that:
it is now imperative that rough sleepers and other vulnerable homeless are supported into appropriate accommodation by the end of the week.
This is line with the Government's strategy to:
...bring in those on the streets to protect their health and stop wider transmission, particularly in hot spot areas, and those in assessment centres and shelter that are unable to comply with social distancing advice.
The letter stresses the importance of a coordinated response by local authorities, NHS and the voluntary sector.
The stated principles are:
In respect to triaging, there is additional guidance. Further guidance will be issued shortly on managing risk in relation to accommodating specific client groups.
The Minister acknowledges the need for funding, refers to the £1.6bn announced last week for councils, and indicates funding will be kept under review.
As far as I can make out the position of the Welsh Government is summarised here.
A crisis does tend to bring the madness of ordinary practice into sharper focus. Like routinely having thousands of people on the streets and in nightshelters. Ideas of what is possible also change.
Let's hope there's a reappraisal at some future point of national housing and welfare policy.