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Homeless shelter gets a refurb
The Council have won two million pounds worth of Government funding to regenarate the Redbridge Night Shelter.
Redbridge partnerships which includes the Redbridge Night Shelter, the Welcome Centre, Redbridge Primary Care Trust, East London Housing Partnership and Redbridge Council have secured the multimillion pound funding through the Government's Places of Change programme.
The aim behind the Government programme is to reduce the numbers of people living on the streets while also making the hostels a more enriching experience. It says:
"We want hostels and other facilities for homeless people to provide the best opportunities for their clients, opportunities that will help people to move forward into work and a settled home."
The Redbridge Night Shelter at York Road in Ilford currently provides 18 oversubscribed bed spaces in dormitory style rooms, which lack privacy and security for service users. It's hoped this money along with almost 500 thousand pounds from the Council and a further 120 thousand pounds raised by the Night Shelter themselves will go towards creating new accommodation on the site.
It's expected development will include, workshop space, training rooms, a landscaped garden and 18 bedrooms, 10 of which will be en-suite.
Some of the funds raised will also be used to develop the Welcome Centre in Green Lane, providing supported accommodation to assist those waiting to be moved into more permanent housing and workplace training.
Local residents are being encouraged to attend open days where they'll be able to view and discuss the proposals.
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last updated: 05/06/2008 at 15:49