Portsmouth hostel reopens after million-pound revamp


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A HOSTEL that helps homeless people has reopened after a million-pound makeover.

All Saints Hostel, in All Saints Road, Buckland, in Portsmouth, received £378,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency’s Homelessness Change Programme, which aims to improve hostels and other services for rough sleepers across England.

Housing provider First Wessex gave £1.1m in order to complete the makeover.

The hostel provides a secure environment for 22 homeless and disadvantaged young people aged between 16 and 25.

It has been redesigned to give them the boost they need to move towards independence by providing accommodation and an environment in which they can learn basic life skills.

Hazel Warwick, asset management director at First Wessex, said: ‘This hostel provides young people with the chance to come off the street and into a safe and welcoming environment.

‘Here they can build the confidence and self-esteem they need to help them break the cycle of homelessness and move on towards independent lives.’

Building work started in April 2012, and residents have now settled into the new hostel following their move at the end of last year.