Exeter City Council opens new Homeless Night Shelter at Greendale’s Magdalen Street Property.
People sleeping rough over the winter nights can now come inside thanks to the creation of a new Night Shelter. The 26-bed shelter has been provided by the City Council and run by local charity Julian House. Renamed The Junction - the former Spice Island restaurant in Magdalen Street will provide overnight sleeping accommodation for homeless people between November and the end of March.
The Greendale Investment property which has been leased to Exeter City Council, underwent a major programme of refurbishment to meet the council’s requirements.
Tim Smith, Group Property Director at Greendale Investments, said: “We are pleased to see a building which has had a difficult past now being re-used for a positive social enterprise via Exeter City Council who have been proactive in taking forward the governments new initiative to end rough sleeping which was announced earlier this year”
Funding for the facility has come from a successful application to the Government’s national initiative to reduce the number of rough sleepers. Exeter received £481,600 to provide support to people living on the streets and help them back into accommodation.
Cllr Emma Morse, Lead Councillor for People, said: “Last year we were unable to find the space to provide a dedicated winter shelter and instead used extra capacity at Gabriel House hostel and St Petrock’s centre.
“We’ve worked hard to identify a suitable site and Spice Island is an ideal location. Everyone in Exeter should have a roof over their head and providing this facility means that no-one should be sleeping outside over the cold winter months.”
Beyond April, it is hoped that the building will be used as a community facility for the homeless, providing educational courses, arts and crafts and other meaningful activities.