Jersey homeless centre in Roseneath building reopens

Roseneath residential home
Image caption The health department bought the site in order to secure its ongoing use to help homeless people

A homeless centre in Jersey has reopened after it closed two years ago due to a lack of money.

Jersey's Health and Social Services Department bought the Roseneath residential home in July 2012 and has finished refurbishing the site.

The department and the Shelter Trust have worked jointly on the project to create 22 single rooms.

The trust already offers accommodation for more than 80 homeless people from three different sites.

Chairman Nick Gorrod said: "The increased capacity of homeless accommodation allows us to finally secure single room occupancy for homeless people, which is a long term goal of the trust."

Five people have already moved to the site from another one of the trust's locations.

The Roseneath centre first opened in 1981 but a lack of funds led to the Nemo Charitable Association, which runs the site, ceasing to operate.

Deputy Anne Pryke, Health and Social Services Minister, said she was "delighted" the "great facility" had reopened just in time for the Christmas period.

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