Homeless hostels are latest service to be affected by cuts
TODAY the Post can reveal a further 13 services in the voluntary and charitable sector which are expected to end across the city and county in the next few months.
This is on top of the 22 services we reported on Tuesday as being under threat – and includes another four homeless hostels in the city and one in the county.
Nottingham City Council has unveiled plans to end funding for support at four Framework hostels in April – sparking fears that there will be more rough sleeping on Nottingham's streets, and more deaths among the homeless.
More than 100 people at the Nottingham charity could lose their jobs as a result of the cuts.
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The four Framework hostels, which housed 387 people last year, will now either close, or remain open just for people with much lower support needs, as they will have no specialist staff. They are:
Somerville House – a 21-bed hostel in Radford for single homeless men with mental health, drug or alcohol problems, learning disabilities and other support needs.
New Albion – 21 flats in Sneinton for homeless people with priority needs. It has a 24-hour support team on hand.
Noelle House – provides supported accommodation for vulnerable homeless women. It is spread over four different buildings in Forest Fields and Hyson Green, including hostel and shared flat accommodation.
Bentinck Road – hostel and flats accommodation in Radford for tagged young offenders aged 16-19 who are vulnerable and have nowhere to live.
Michael Leng, operations director at Framework, said: "It will have a huge, damaging impact on the city."
He said some of these people may find a hospital bed if they had health or mental health issues, but many will be forced to sleep on the streets.
"People will die and, significantly, people will die early as a result of this," said Mr Leng.
He warned it would also impact on communities as drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour could also increase.
Nottingham City Council has had its supporting people budget – which funds these hostels – almost halved by the Government next year.
However, the council is intending to put an extra £6 million into its supporting people budget next year, which includes NHS money given to councils for the first time this year.
It has not yet decided how to spend that money – so there is a chance that some of these projects could still be saved.
But Framework has received letters saying the council's executive board has decided to decommission the above services, and this is expected to be approved by full council on March 7.
Notts County Council is also planning to end funding for Portland House in Newark, a nine-bed Framework hostel for women with substance abuse problems, which could force it to close.
And Stepping Stones accommodation in Eastwood for homeless people aged 16-25 could close in July.
The county council has proposed to decommission the service run by Nacro, but a final decision has not yet been made. Also set to close are four drug and alcohol services (see panel), plus Framework's Fix-it programme, which mends things around the home for vulnerable people; Getting Through, a mental health programme; and Framework's Foundations Consortium for teenage parents.
The Post also revealed earlier this week that the following services are also due to close in the next couple of months:
Acorn Lodge in St Ann's – a 12-bed hostel run by the Salvation Army for people aged 55 and over who need accommodation and may have addiction problems. The Salvation Army has been told its entire funding from the city council will end and says it would be "near impossible" to find funds and a building at such short notice.
Hope House – a homeless hostel in Worksop with 14 beds, is expected to close in July after being told the county council will withdraw all its funding. Hope House was set up following a heroin inquiry by MP John Mann in 2002 after he was inundated with complaints about the situation in Worksop and surrounding villages.
A spokesman for the county council said newly-built flats nearby in Worksop for homeless people were to become the main accommodation base for local homeless people.
Emmanuel House day centre in Goose Gate, Hockley – it is under threat after the city council announced it was withdrawing all its funding from the end of March.
Handel Street Centre – a Sneinton day centre run by Framework for people with drug and alcohol problems will shut its doors on March 18.
The centre sees up to 84 people a day but is losing all its city council funding. It offers food and clothing for people but its main aim is to get people off the streets and into accommodation.
It also runs a doctors surgery and a mental health service to people who struggle to access services.
As well as the inevitable job losses, there is a large range of volunteering opportunities which will disappear with these homeless hostels and centres.
For example, at Handel Street, volunteers are invited to shadow workers and are given a range of training before they take on roles in the centre and work with clients.
The centre also has an agreement with the Music Exchange in the West End Arcade, which takes on some of their volunteers as a stepping stone to employment.
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