Success for the team helping the homeless

Success: Volunteer Jason Spence with the beds set up for the Inn Churches project
Success: Volunteer Jason Spence with the beds set up for the Inn Churches project

A PROJECT to provide beds for Halifax’s “hidden homeless” is being hailed a success.

Organisers of Inn Churches say there were about five people who arrived looking for somewhere to escape from the cold on each of the nights they were open during the four-week trial.

By working with Calderdale Council’s Doorways schemes, they have been able to find more permanent accommodation for them all.

Dave Fawcett, chairman of the food drop-in run at Ebenezer Methodist Church in Halifax and co-ordinator of the Inn Churches scheme, said; “It’s been really good.

”People have been coming along who were the hidden homeless, the ones that don’t go to the council or other agencies.”

Bunk beds for 10 people were moved around three churches – the Salvation Army in St James Road, Carlton United Reform Church in Carlton Terrace and King’s Church, Park Road.

As well as a bed for the night, there was food, games and washing facilities.

Mr Fawcett said the scheme has uncovered a wealth of enthusiasm for helping homeless people in the area.

Organisers are now looking at starting other projects, possibly during the day and one evening a week.

“We’ve got some people who’ve got more than just homelessness as a problem. We’re working with a lot of partners to refer them to the right agency,” he said.

“We had two people turn up at the St Augustine’s Centre the other day who needed help with accommodation.

With the recession biting, homelessness is only going to increase,” he added.

“There is a potential to help Halifax get a grip on it’s homelessness problem.”

Anyone interested in helping the project can call Karen Arnold on 01422 354207 or email karenarnold@mailme.co.uk.