Calls for homeless centre to reopen


Published: Thursday 6th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Almost 4,000 people have signed a petition for a homeless centre in Hull to be reopened.

Dock House, on St Peter Street, was closed in the summer because of a funding shortfall. However campaigners say it provided a vital service and have now submitted the petition to Hull City Council.

The facility had 18 beds and provided accommodation to homeless people in the city. But the centre was closed after the contract to provide homeless accommodation was handed to Humbercare, which now provides a new service for homeless people at a hostel in Roper Street in the city centre. Now Dock House only provides day care, with an outreach service laying on a soup kitchen once a week.

Campaigners from the Hull Homeless Outreach group say Dock House is still needed, despite Humbercare saying it could provide 20 beds at the Roper Street centre if needed.

James Bowie, of Hull Homeless Outreach, said he was happy with the public reaction to the campaign to have Dock House reopened.

He said more beds for homeless people were needed, with an extra 80 to 90 people looking for a place to sleep this winter.

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Published: Thursday 6th November 2014 by The News Editor

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