As rough sleepers housed in hotels during the Covid-19 lockdown await to hear their fate at the end of June, it has been good news for London Big Issue vendor Kris Dove.
The 29-year-old Newcastle native will be moving to a self-contained property organised by St Mungo’s in partnership with the local authority in Westminster.
Kris was one of the 14,610 people housed temporarily thanks to the government’s Everyone In scheme, including 4,450 in London.
Just before lockdown, Big Issue vendor Kris found himself rough sleeping.
He was housed in a hotel room for lockdown under the government scheme.
We were happy to say Kris will not be returning to the streets. He will now be moving into a self-contained property via St. Mungos. pic.twitter.com/gCdyc6lbjl
— The Big Issue Foundation (@TBIF) June 17, 2020
The Marylebone railway station vendor, who has sold the magazine for almost a decade, told The Big Issue what life was like in the hotel where he was staying a few weeks back. He said that he felt “lucky” to have the spot although he was struggling to stave off boredom.
He said at the time: “To be honest, it is six and two threes on whether I feel safer in the hotel. I’m streetwise, I know where to stay away from and where to go to. But in the big hotel where we are in now we have security staff and it is pretty well monitored with who is going in and out.