New £2.6m homeless shelter opens in Lincoln

The Pathways homeless shelter on Beaumont Fee is now open.

The construction project started in November 2010 and cost over £2.6 million, with £1.6 million coming from government funds and the rest from local organisations.

The shelter has 21 units of supported accommodation, which are owned and managed by the Framework charity.

There’s also a kitchen supporting a dining room, a training suite with computers and internet access, and a medical facility.

With the new opening, the total number of accommodation units available in Lincoln for local homeless people increased four fold from 14 to 59.

The Nomad Trust will make referrals to the accommodation on Beaumont Fee and provide accommodation for people moving on from there.

Centre Manager Hadrian Kennet and Katie Toulson, one of the first tenants

“We have been focused on a major building project but its significance is far greater than that,” said Chairman of the Nomad Trust, Reverend Hamish Temple.

“The support we are going to provide between us – and with the help of the many other local agencies – is better than any of us could have envisaged or delivered individually.”

Andrew Redfern, Chief Executive of Framework, said: “This is a dramatic and very welcome outcome of our work with the Nomad Trust to address the major problem of homelessness in Lincoln.

“The new pathway of services, with the Pathways Centre at its heart, will make a significant contribution to getting people off the streets and resettling them in the community.”

Photos by Dominic Clark for The Lincolnite