Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Spending Review: Homeless charity fears government cuts

Patrick House Hostel
Image caption Two Saints also helps homeless people develop new skills and look for work

A charity for homeless people is bracing itself as it waits to discover the impact government cuts will have on its five local authority grants.

Two Saints runs several hostels across Hampshire, West Berkshire and Oxford.

Its chief executive Louise Barnden said: "Demand is growing and I think it will continue as the recession continues to bite."

Hampshire County Council said it could not "speculate" ahead of the Spending Review announcement on Wednesday.

Two Saints also receives funding from Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council, West Berkshire Council and Oxford County Council.

Apart from providing accommodation, the charity offers a variety of services to help homeless people improve their lives, which include access to training and support with looking for work.

Simon Blythe is one of their success stories. He became homeless after he got divorced and then lost his job.

But he has since gained new qualifications and is now applying for work.

Mr Blyth said: "One little bump in the road and you can lose everything.

"But it doesn't mean that once you have lost it all there is no reason why you can't get back on your feet bit by bit and get back to what you were doing."

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