Metro Tokyo to provide hotel rooms for pandemic homeless people over New Years holiday


Tokyo Metropolitan Government Headquarters (Mainichi / Makoto Ogawa)

TOKYO – The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has announced that it will offer housing from December 27 to January 5 for those who have lost their homes due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The move aims to provide rooms for the homeless when public institutions are closed for holidays and there are fewer day jobs available. Tokyo has signed contracts with several business hotels to prepare 1,000 rooms so that those in need can stay when space is available.

Applications can be made to the Metropolitan Government’s “Tokyo Challenge Net”, which supports the homeless, on the third floor of Tokyo Health Plaza Hygeia in the Kabukicho district of Shinjuku Ward between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The service counter will be closed on Sundays and public holidays but open until 5 p.m. on December 29 and 30 and January 2.

For inquiries, contact Tokyo Challenge Net by phone at 0120-874-225 (in Japanese) or 0120-874-505 (women only). The organization’s website is:

(Japanese original by Asako Takeuchi, Tokyo City Public Information Department)


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