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Bristol residents risk eviction after charity collapse

  • 7 September 2013
  • From the section Bristol

About 100 of Bristol's most vulnerable people could be evicted after a housing charity went into administration.

The creditors of Bristol Foundation Housing are working to keep the charity running but have said it will be on a much smaller basis.

Only two of the charity's hostels look set to survive rather than the nine it has in the city at present.

Nick Hooper from Bristol City Council said the authority would support anybody who faced eviction.

'Substantial loss'

Bristol Foundation Housing's website says it has nine hostels, which are staffed 24 hours a day, as well as 150 individual self-contained flats and houses.

As well as supervised accommodation, it offers services such as counselling, advice, information and assistance with day-to-day living.

Its administrator, Leonard Curtis Recovery Ltd, said it was appointed on 1 August to achieve the survival of the charity as a going concern.

A statement read: "The survival of Bristol Foundation Housing will depend upon the implementation of a debt restructuring plan, financial re-modelling and the support from a number of key stakeholders."

Martin Connolly, of creditor Connolly & Callaghan, and co-founder of the charity, said his firm was proposing to underwrite two schemes for Bristol and maintain four schemes outside the city.

"Every bed space is an opportunity for somebody to turn their life around," he added.

"So the loss of 103 beds in the city is substantial. [Friday's] proposed rescue package is a bid to save 42 beds for the city."

According to Bristol City Council, its contingency plans include finding alternative accommodation, or advice and support, and it was trying to make contact with affected residents.

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