Night Shelter open for business as temperatures dip
Published: 5 December 2019
As winter nights draw in and temperatures start to drop, rough sleepers in Exeter are making use of a night shelter.
Exeter City Council’s night shelter allows those that normally sleep outside to come inside on some of the coldest and roughest nights.
The facility – dubbed The Junction – supported 193 rough sleepers last winter, providing a total of 3,985 bed nights.
The shelter allows the City Council and its partners Julian House and BCHA to engage with service users and help safeguard some of the most excluded and vulnerable people in the city. The facility will stay open until the end of March 2020.
Back in March the City Council announced that it had secured £444,000 of funding to help run a number of new services for people who are rough sleeping including the facility this winter.
As well as proving a life saver, the shelter in Magdalen Street – formerly Spice Island Indian restaurant – allows staff from the City Council and partner agencies to talk to those who have complex lives in a safe and stable environment and try and find longer term housing solutions. Last winter 72 people were successfully moved on into private sector or supported accommodation and a further 19 reconnected to accommodation or a housing appointment in their local area.
Last winter the initiative was underpinned by great community support. An alliance of Exeter church groups delivered hot food for clients seven nights a week and a team of volunteers contributed alongside staff throughout the project.