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New homelessness hub approved

Our service to provide emergency accommodation and support for rough sleepers in Norwich has received planning permission from Norwich City Council.

Funded by central government, the ‘Somewhere Safe to Stay’ service will be delivered by St Martins. It will provide emergency space away from the street. Specialist staff will be on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide people with information, support and to help them to find accommodation.

The location for the hub is a leased property on Recorder Road, just off Prince of Wales Road. We anticipate that the lease will be signed very shortly and the property will then be modified to accommodate 16 people in private units, ensuring they have privacy and a safe place to stay away from the street while suitable accommodation is found for them.

The Somewhere Safe to Stay service is designed to support people who have no alternative but to sleep rough.

Homeless Services manager for St Martins Maria Pratt said, “The hub will provide the emergency short term accommodation that is so badly needed in Norwich. In recent weeks we have seen an increase in the number of people on the streets and this service will help to alleviate the current situation.”

“We will be able to give people privacy and dignity while we actively work with them to access appropriate support and accommodation. We anticipate the average stay at the hub will be around 72 hours, after which each person will have a personalised housing plan so they can access more permanent accommodation alongside ongoing support.”

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