Smooth transition planned for shelter closure

Liverpool City Council has the ‘provision and expertise in place’ to deal with the wind-down of the temporary homelessness shelter at Kingsway House in the city centre, which is set to close on Wednesday, 28 February.

The shelter – set up and managed by the Signature Living Group – has been open during the winter to provide drop-in accommodation for rough sleepers.

Liverpool City Council officials are currently working with the team there to ensure a smooth transition of the residents to the new Labre House facility on Camden Street, as well as utilising other accommodation providers around the city.

Councillor Frank Hont, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, explained: “Making sure we can make a smooth transition from Kingsway House to the council’s facility at Labre House on Camden Street is crucially important.

 “I’d like to thank Lawrence Kenwright and Sue Wright and their team for the work they’ve done over the past few months in providing emergency accommodation and to their brilliant team of volunteers who have shown such compassion and dedication in helping rough sleepers.

 “The next stage is to put in place a plan for each of the residents in Kingsway and ensure a smooth transition when it closes at the end of the month. People can be assured that the council has the provision and expertise in place to offer tailored support. This is what we mean when we say there’s ‘always room inside’.”

Councillor Hont added: “Whether it’s us, or Signature, or any of the fabulous voluntary organisations that do so much to help vulnerable rough sleepers, we are all trying to achieve the same result: a city where no-one is left on the street.”