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Funding secured for new Ilford pop-up hostel to help rough sleepers

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An innovative pop-up hostel has received funding to help homeless people in Ilford. 

The project has secured £2.5 million to provide those less fortunate, and particularly people without access to public funds, with a place to sleep. It’ll be based in 1a Chadwick Road, Ilford.

The scheme will feature 42 accommodation units as well as a bike workshop. The additional money will ensure more beds are provided and assistance is available to the people staying there. 

“It is vital that we maximise our resources to help people who have nowhere else to turn to, like those with no recourse to public funds,” said Captain John Clifton, of the Ilford Salvation Army.  

“I would encourage people to continue to be generous in their donations as the more money we raise, the more can be directed to help those most in need and the longer the scheme will be able to run.” 

Currently, it will run for five years and is expected to be made from converted shipping containers. People living there will have access to advice about their future, whether that is finding work, reconnecting with their country of origin or gaining leave to remain in the country. 

It is part of Project Malachi, an initiative organised by The Salvation Army and Redbridge Council, to support rough sleepers year-round.

“Ending homelessness in Redbridge is one of my top priorities and this shelter will make a huge difference. It is our responsibility, both as a council, but also as residents ourselves, to support those in our society who are most vulnerable,” said Leader of the Council, Jas Athwal.  

“We have already opened a temporary shelter in the heart of Redbridge so no one should have to sleep rough this winter but it is fantastic to work with The Salvation Army on a longer-term solution.”

A committee of senior community faith leaders are also sponsoring the project. Pastor Steve Derbyshire, City Gates Church, said: 

“We are delighted to see that Redbridge Council is making a major financial commitment towards establishing the physical structure of the hostel. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the other members of the steering committee to see homelessness in Redbridge dramatically reduced and broken lives restored.” 

Tasveer Singh, Sikh Support, said: “It is great to see the commitment of faith groups and the local council, working together. This is a real opportunity to bring lasting change and creates an inspiring legacy.”

While those sleeping rough wait for the projected to be completed, they can go to the Redbridge Cold Weather Centre at the Ilford Salvation Army, Clements Road, Ilford. 

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