What is next for homeless as temporary night shelter closes?

PUBLISHED: 09:28 05 March 2018

Homeless on the seafront. Picture: Elsie Poynton

Homeless on the seafront. Picture: Elsie Poynton

Elsie Poynton

A temporary night shelter which was set up during the severe weather closes today (Monday).

Barry Edwards and M.Amelia Eikli who are setting up an emergency night shelter at the Friends Meeting House, corner of Oxford Street and High Street, Weston-s-Mare.Barry Edwards and M.Amelia Eikli who are setting up an emergency night shelter at the Friends Meeting House, corner of Oxford Street and High Street, Weston-s-Mare.

The Quakers set up the shelter at the Friends Meeting House, off Weston’s High Street, from February 7 until today to ensure the town’s rough sleepers had a roof over their heads during the cold period.

Organiser Barry Edwards said: “Originally we were to stay open at night from Tuesday to Saturday. “However, as the weather forced other services like Somewhere To Go to shut, we decided to keep the meeting house open both as a night shelter and as a day centre from March 2.”

Mr Edwards said they were able to keep the shelter open due to the ‘phenomenal effort’ from volunteers. He added: “This is not a sustainable long-term solution, and come today; a more permanent solution must be sought.”

The shelter cared for 15 people last night (Sunday), seeking shelter from the strong winds and freezing conditions.

Homeless on the seafront. Picture: Elsie PoyntonHomeless on the seafront. Picture: Elsie Poynton

Mr Edwards said: “We have encouraged the homeless people who have been staying with us to show up at the Town Hall this morning, to ask what they should do now the temporary accommodation has to close and ask why a permanent solution is not yet in place.”

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