The first ever 24-hour shelter in Bristol has opened its doors to reduce the numbers of people rough sleeping on our streets this winter.
St Anne’s Shelter is run by St Mungo’s alongside charity partners Caring in Bristol, The Julian Trust and Crisis Centre Ministries. At full capacity, the shelter supports 30 people.
Bristol City Council has allocated £300,000 to the development and operation of the new shelter. This funding is to cover the first six months from the 1st October 2018 until 31st March 2019. The shelter will re-open in October 2019 until March 2020 with additional funding of £150k.
Alongside the St Anne’s Shelter, money will also be made available for:
- Multi-agency move-on team to work with Pathway clients to help them to move in to longer term accommodation, freeing up places for rough sleeper referrals
- Targeted specialist psychological support for Pathway clients with high level complex Mental Health issues who are not currently engaging
- Housing First – 10 units of settled accommodation, supported by two staff providing intensive wraparound support
- Working with prison leavers to prevent them from ending up on the streets and coordination of all services linked to prison release.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Homelessness is a major issue nationally, and in Bristol this shelter will make a real difference to the lives of some of the people sleeping rough in the city. Not only will they have a place to sleep, they will have access to services and support that can help them turn their lives around.
“I am really pleased to see that our shelter programme continues to grow, as getting people a safe roof over their head is the first step towards getting them into suitable long term accommodation.
“Alongside St Mungo’s and our other partners we will continue to work with the local community as the project progresses, to make sure they can have a meaningful impact on how the shelter develops.
The 30 bed spaces at St Anne’s Shelter are in addition to the 65 night shelter spaces already open in Bristol:
18 at The Julian Trust (not open on Thursdays or Sundays)
20 at The Compass Centre
15 at The 365 Shelter
12 at Spring of Hope (women only) (not open on Saturdays)
In addition – on January 31 Churches Together will open an extra 12 spaces for twelve weeks. All this adds up to a total of 107 available night shelter spaces.
In the run up to opening the shelter, relationships have been built with the community. A small team of residents have joined the shelter team to form a focus group. Together they have been developing a ‘good neighbours plan’ which includes expectations on how to live together with respect and dignity in the community.
There will also be opportunities for local people to use the top floor of the building for community events. This is being developed.