Homeless shelter plans considered

Dave Fawcett at Happydays, Threeways, Ovenden.
Dave Fawcett at Happydays, Threeways, Ovenden.
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Plans to expand a food bank and support centre for the homeless will be considered by Calderdale Council’s Cabinet next week.

If passed, Cabinet will grant the Ebeneezer Centre, Halifax, the use of adjacent council buildings to expand its programme to include sheltered accomodation, additional food bank storage and a cafe for the homeless.

Dave Fawcett, chair of Christians Together Calderdale, said: “We’re really excited about the expansion.

“As an organisation we’ll be able to offer far more to the poorest members of our society.

“We’re going to be doing work around job clubs, offer debt advice, have a drop-in cafe for homeless folks, and we’re finally going to be able to run a night shelter from one location.”

The centre currently helps approximately 220 people a week and hands out 150 food parcels to individuals and families each week.

Deputy council leader Scott Benton said: “The Ebeneezer Centre have operated the food bank there for over two years, and has helped literally thousands of families across Calderdale.

“We want to make the site a bit more permanent, so they can offer different types of facilities such as providing temporary accommodation for homeless people.

“This is very much in vain of the Big Society - helping the voluntary sector provide services for the general public,” he said.