New Homeless Hostel Planned

A new centre for homeless people, offering a bed and specialist support, is being planned by Conservative run Gosport Borough Council.

The proposed new facility was announced by Council Leader Cllr Mark Hook as part of the council's new budget.

He said: "The council and local voluntary organisations already do a lot to help homeless people and rough sleepers.

"But we want to provide additional resources to the poorest in society to help them get on in life.

"The council will earmark £60,000 to help develop a new facility for homeless people in the borough, operated by us along with specialist charities.

"It will have beds, a kitchen and showers, and will be a safe place for people to stay and to get specialist support."

Many services are already in place for homeless people in the borough, provided by the council or in partnership with other agencies.

The council's housing options service gives help and advice to people who find themselves homeless or about to lose their home. This can include finding them emergency temporary alternative accommodation. There are also funds available to help homeless people.

The council works with police and charities to regularly engage with rough sleepers on the street and offer them support in finding temporary accommodation and dealing with addiction or mental health issues.

The council and other agencies also carry out regular health and wellbeing checks for rough sleepers and provide information on the help available.

The council has a large number of hostel places for homeless people. The hostels have space for up to 170 people, including homeless families and single people such as rough sleepers.

The council works closely with the Two Saints housing association, which encourages rough sleepers to come to the hostel at 101 Gosport Road for accommodation and support.

The council provides more beds for rough sleepers during the winter. In periods of extreme cold it offers extra support, with more accommodation available.