Homeless shelter is set to be opened for every night

A WINTER homeless shelter in Bognor Regis is set to open for longer.

The service at Glenlogie will open nightly from the start of next month to April, 2014 as a trial. It will also open three times a week as a day centre.

The decision to expand its opening was made by Arun District Council after the Stonepillow charity showed how well the shelter had helped the council to address street homelessness.

Roger Elkins, who is in charge of Arun’s housing services, said: “I’m delighted to see this service extended.

“It will see some of the most vulnerable people in our community much better supported.

“But it’s not just about providing a roof over their heads. The extra provision includes workshops to help give people who use the shelter the skills and confidence to change their lives for the better.”

The council will maintain the basement of the Clarence Road building which houses the shelter and pay the electricity and running costs.

Stonepillow will manage the hostel’s day-to-day running. West Sussex County Council will meet the cost of a resettlement worker and probation.

Sylvie Johnson, Stonepillow’s chief executive, said: “We are very excited to be given this opportunity and to jointly work with Arun who continue to be committed to providing a long-term solution to some of their most vulnerable citizens.”

Chief inspector Pip Taylor, of Sussex Police, said: “We are looking forward to working closely with Arun and Stonepillow on the Glenlogie initiative as this is an integral service to support our homeless community.”

The shelter was previously open when the weather was due to be below 0C for three nights in a row.

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