MORE than 3,000 bed spaces have been filled in the past year in a Bognor Regis hostel for homeless people.
The value of Glenlogie in keeping people off the streets is shown in the latest annual report by its operator, Stonepillow.
The charity has told Arun District Council that 3,515 bed spaces were filled at the Clarence Road hostel in the year up to the start of this month.
They were occupied by 136 clients – who stayed for an average of 26 nights – of whom 63 moved on in a positive way.
The charity’s report will be presented to the council’s housing and customer services working group next Thursday.
Brian Pople, Arun’s head of housing, will tell the group: “Homelessness continues to be an issue within this district.
“However, following an annual rough sleeper council involving various agenies over the night of November 3-4, 2015, the number of rough sleepers has increased to 15 from 13 in 2014 and 26 in 2013.”
The basement at Glenlogie, which is owned by the district council, has operated as a night shelter since November 2, 2103, and is managed by Stonepillow.
As well as providing accommodation for 11 clients at a time, Stonepillow also hosts daytime surgeries three times a week.
These include support from various agencies which all work towards helping clients move from being homeless to being housed.
The end-of-year report prepared by Stonepillow shows 118 of Glenlogie’s clients were men.
The most common reason for their homelessness was substance misuse/alcohol problems, which affected one in three of them.
Next came family breakdown. One in five clients gave that as the reason they did not have a home.
A mental health problem or learning disability-related matter affected 16 per cent – or about one in six.
The loss of a job, crime and prison matters, entrenched sleepers, Eastern Europeans and domestic abuse victims completed the clientele’s reasons.
Most were aged 25-44, with 45-64 the next most common age range.
“In terms of funding for the nightshelter, Stonepillow costs are – in part – met by housing benefit payments which apply to each client accepted at the nightshelter,” said Mr Pople, “along with an annual grant from this council of £10,000.”