Homeless shelter opens second house following funding from residents’ group

Homeless shelter opens second house following funding from residents’ group
11th December 2019 Amanda Bhavnani
Hope House

A group of Greenfields Community Housing’s residents have provided £1,200 towards a homeless shelter’s new building.

Hope House Essex on Manor Street in Braintree offers temporary accommodation and support to find work, register with doctors, claim benefits and, ultimately, find a permanent home. The new building is next door to the first and takes the total number of beds available to eight.

Greenfields Residents Group (North) funded fire doors, a fire alarm system and CCTV for the new building, and Greenfields staff and a resident visited on Wednesday 11 December to see the difference they’ve made.

Vivien Alexander from the residents’ group, said: “The second accommodation opened in October and will give even more people a roof over their heads and the opportunity to receive essential support to improve their lives. We believe that everyone is entitled to a place to call home and we’re proud to support such a worthy cause.”

Tony Britten, retired police officer and Chair of Trustees of Hope House Essex, said: “We are grateful to Greenfields for this money to help us turn this house into a safe space for the homeless.”

Greenfields’ three resident groups are provided with £60,000 collectively towards improving communities each year. Recent grants include £1,500 towards dementia-friendly cinema sessions in Halstead and £330 for 100 bee bombs to increase the local bee population. Future projects include a rubbish amnesty and litter-pick in Witham and park equipment in Sible Hedingham for children with disabilities.

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Contact Hope House on 01376 348000 or visit www.hopehouseessex.org.uk