Move the shelter into premises with some security of tenure. At SFTS, we were forced to move with 3 weeks‚Äô notice, into temporary accommodation. We managed, but as our ethos is not just a bed at night, but reintegrating into work and the community we need a more secure base to build from.
It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2010 to 10:00 AM, 4 January 2011
Reduce the plight of the homeless in Islington. In Britain there are about 400,000 homeless people, not all are sleeping rough, some are in temporary accommodation. Many experience increasing levels of anxiety, passivity, alienation and ill-health; for some, their bedsits and hotel rooms are a conduit to the streets, to drink/substance abuse, or both. Their needs are a safe place to eat, sleep, wash and next up mentoring and help back into the job and housing markets. They need shelter.
We can get people permanently off the streets. Not just providing beds, food and a chance to wash/launder, but providing practical help/advice on housing and jobs, getting onto rehab programmes. We provide therapy/ counselling/advice and have had some real success, but we need a permanent home. We are currently cramped into half our previous space, in a lock-up warehouse near Pentonville Prison, with only one shower and no cooking extraction, yet we care for 37 guests a night, six nights a week
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