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Birmingham unites to help homeless people in the city

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Charities, businesses, local philanthropists and homelessness experts have joined forces to offer a hand of friendship and support to rough sleepers in Birmingham by setting up the city’s first year-round night shelter.

Due to open later in the year, Tabor House will not only offer a bed for the night: it will provide peer mentoring and befriending, as well as individual support to find more permanent accommodation. It will offer safety and support to people without the basic necessities of life, encouraging and assisting them to turn their lives around and move forward.

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of people sleeping rough in Birmingham, with figures suggesting there are over 200 people with nowhere to go. The Churches Winter Night Shelter offers emergency shelter in the city for three months a year, with fourteen churches and organisations offering hospitality from January to April. Outside of these months, there is currently no emergency night shelter, meaning people end up sleeping on a street, in a doorway or a carpark. Here they are vulnerable not only to the elements, but to robbery and assault.

/media/news/library/soup.jpgDetermined to change things for homeless people in the city, the group behind Tabor House will offer a bed for the night, a shower, hot food and warm clothes. Local experts, partners and trained volunteers will offer a hand of friendship alongside support to move on. They will support guests to access information and advice and help them engage with support services, leading to rehabilitation, more permanent accommodation and eventually independent living.

To begin with, Tabor House will offer six beds on a six-month trial period before eventually expanding to fifteen beds. They will support men, women and couples over the age of 18 who are referred by local organisations. Two Project Co-ordinators will manage Tabor House, supported by a team of volunteers who will provide hospitality, mentoring and befriending and meet guests’ practical needs.

Tabor House is a collaboration between the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham, Father Hudson’s Care, Housing Justice, local philanthropists and business people, the Birmingham Rough Sleepers Team (Midland Heart) and other local homelessness specialists. The shelter will be housed in Digbeth in one floor of a property owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham. Thanks to support from the commercial building and trade sector, the group has secured funding to make the space suitable to shelter and care for people in need.

Tabor House hopes to open its doors to the first guests before the end of September. For more information on volunteering for Tabor House, sponsoring a bed or other ways to help, contact Christy Acton at Father Hudson’s Care on 01675 434064 or by emailing christyacton@fatherhudsons.org.uk

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