Thursday 11 April 2019

More new rooms planned


The exponential rise in homelessness in recent years means that many Emmaus communities are being forced to turn away homeless people who are desperate for help.

To meet the growing need, many communities have been looking at ways to extend or adapt their current accommodation so they can give more homeless men and women a safe place to live, meaningful work and their long-term support. A dedicated fund has been created for those communities that have potential to expand so that Emmaus can provide more rooms for homeless people across the UK.

Once current works are complete, a total of 32 additional rooms will be made available across several existing communities: nine rooms in Norfolk; seven in Colchester; three in Lambeth; five in Brighton and eight in Hampshire.

At Emmaus Colchester, the rooms will be converted above the community’s shop, while both Emmaus Lambeth and Brighton are creating more companion bedrooms by moving staff offices or adapting what was previously staff accommodation. Meanwhile, an extension to the community building at Emmaus Hampshire is already under way.

In the months and years ahead, these additional rooms will enable us to help hundreds more homeless people to make a fresh start – people who often have nowhere else to turn for the support they need.