As part of our service contingency plans we will continue to provide a neighbourhood housing service. The service has already been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 situation and we anticipate this will impact will increase.
We will update the information on our website as the situation develops and please check our scheme noticeboards and speak to members of the Homes First team.
For the safety of residents and staff we will be minimising personal contact and will only visit tenants in their properties when essential. All other support will carried out by telephone. If a visit is essential our staff will ask you the following questions prior to attending an appointment:
- Are you or anyone in the household suffering from flu like symptoms?
- Have you or anyone in your household been in contact with anyone diagnosed with Coronavirus?
- Have you or anyone in your household been to, or been in contact with, anyone who has returned from any of the countries who are known to have a serious outbreak?
- Do you have anyone in the household that would be more vulnerable to a case of Coronavirus?
If you answer yes to any of the above questions, we will not be able to visit you in person and alternative support arrangements will be made with you over the telephone. If your situation is an emergency please contact the appropriate emergency service.
Whilst there is a cleaning contract in place for the communal areas within our blocks of flats we have suggested that residents also undertake additional cleaning of ‘touch points’ such as door handles or railings near their property. More information will be displayed within the blocks and is available to download below.
There are many organisations and individuals looking to support those who are more vulnerable. Please follow guidance on this and be extra vigilant for any opportunists who would look to take advantage of those in need.