December 7, 2011 1.38 pm This story is over 147 months old

New homeless shelter full in just two weeks

Fully booked: Homelessness and rough sleeping are serious problems in Lincoln, as new homeless shelter fully occupied in two weeks.

City Council Leader Ric Metcalfe and Framework Chief Executive Andrew Redfern at the official opening of the new homeless shelter

Nineteen new units of homeless accommodation on Beaumont Fee are already full, just two weeks after the first occupants moved in.

The Pathways Centre, which cost over £2.6 million to develop, was formally opened on December 7 by Councillor Ric Metcalfe, Leader of City of Lincoln Council.

The project is part of a wider partnership between the homelessness charity Framework and The Nomad Trust, which has campaigned for many years to make the building a reality.

Framework Chief Executive Andrew Redfern said: “Homelessness and rough sleeping are serious problems in the City of Lincoln – a problem highlighted by the immediate popularity of the Pathways Centre.

“The combined efforts of Framework and The Nomad Trust have facilitated the building of this wonderful new centre, which will allow a safe and secure environment from which homeless and vulnerable people can rebuild their lives.”

City Council Leader Ric Metcalfe said: “Having worked closely with The Nomad Trust over the years, and more recently with Framework, to improve services for homeless people in Lincoln, we are incredibly proud that the city can now offer such a high quality facility for people who are homeless.

“Reducing poverty and disadvantage is one of the council’s priorities, and it is reassuring to know that these two well experienced organisations are working together to help some of our most vulnerable people.”

Photo by Dominic Clark for The Lincolnite