Dacorum Borough Council's new homeless shelter, in Redbourn Road, will offer 'high quality services' to residents

Watford Observer: Shelter plan: Dacorum Borough Council Shelter plan: Dacorum Borough Council

Homeless people in Dacorum will benefit from a new hostel that is on target to be completed and opened next year.

Dacorum Borough Council's new homeless hostel in Redbourn Road, Hemel Hempstead, is estimated to open in March 2015 and will be used by homeless people in Bovingdon and Kings Langley.

Preparation work started on the site, known as The Elms, in October and contractors have been working over the winter to prepare the site for the piling and concrete frame which will be erected in February 2014.

Councillor Margaret Griffiths, portfolio holder for housing, said: "We are delighted that the hostel is going so well. It will house some of the most vulnerable members of the local community in a state of the art building, providing a whole range of high quality services to its residents."

The tender to find a managing agent to operate and manage the hostel and its occupants will be issued in January 2014. A management agreement should be signed by August 2014.

For more information, go to http://www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/housing/council-new-build/the-elms, or contact Jack Burnham on jack.burnham@dacorum.gov.uk.

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12:46pm Thu 16 Jan 14

not a regular says...

Don't know much about it but good stuff on the face of things! Having said that it's been a long time since I've seen a homeless person in Watford so well done to the police and shelter operators!
Don't know much about it but good stuff on the face of things! Having said that it's been a long time since I've seen a homeless person in Watford so well done to the police and shelter operators! not a regular
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1:50pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

not a regular wrote:
Don't know much about it but good stuff on the face of things! Having said that it's been a long time since I've seen a homeless person in Watford so well done to the police and shelter operators!
Well said.

Homelessness is something we should look to completely eradicate. It is a shame on society.
[quote][p][bold]not a regular[/bold] wrote: Don't know much about it but good stuff on the face of things! Having said that it's been a long time since I've seen a homeless person in Watford so well done to the police and shelter operators![/p][/quote]Well said. Homelessness is something we should look to completely eradicate. It is a shame on society. Phil Cox (UKIP)
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11:01am Fri 17 Jan 14

garston tony says...

Phil Cox (UKIP) wrote:
not a regular wrote: Don't know much about it but good stuff on the face of things! Having said that it's been a long time since I've seen a homeless person in Watford so well done to the police and shelter operators!
Well said. Homelessness is something we should look to completely eradicate. It is a shame on society.
I'm not sure that I totally agree that homelessness is a shame on society, nor is it something that even with the best economy and the best systems in place can be completely eradicated.

The actual percentage of people who are homeless because of a failing in the system is very small and I agree that these cases are a real shame, but they are also the real minority.

I am not sure however how you can say it is a shame on society if due to a change in personal circumstances someone finds themselves homeless? It is of course a shame for those individuals but if someone finds themselves homeless because they can no longer afford to pay the mortgage or rent how is that societies fault? If someone splits up from their partner and finds themselves unable to afford somewhere to live on their own how is that a shame on society? If a teenage pregnant girl is 'kicked out' by her parents how is her homelessness a shame on society? Or if two people who are living with their respective parents form a relationship and decide they want to live together and therefore 'leave' their parental homes and present themselves as homeless how is that a shame on society?

The fact that we have a system that is there to help people when they find themselves in need after a change in personal circumstances is a credit on our society. Is the system perfect, no, but at least we have something.

Part of the reason the system is imperfect is because I know from my own 15 years experience in the field that a fair percentage of 'homeless' claims are nothing but an effort to play the system in order to get social housing. I'm talking people who can afford to support themselves but want a council house which is cheaper and people who claim to have had a relationship breakdown (be it with a partner or parents) who claim to have been 'kicked out' of their former home but who as soon as they are given somewhere permanent suddenly patch up their relationships. And of course we have the people who move around from area to area, who get accommodation which they dont pay for and wreck and then abandon or get evicted from before moving onto the next place where they start the process again.

These people are those that bring shame on society and make it harder for those in genuine need.

So well done on this new homeless shelter and lets be proud that in this country when people have a need there is something there to help them
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox (UKIP)[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]not a regular[/bold] wrote: Don't know much about it but good stuff on the face of things! Having said that it's been a long time since I've seen a homeless person in Watford so well done to the police and shelter operators![/p][/quote]Well said. Homelessness is something we should look to completely eradicate. It is a shame on society.[/p][/quote]I'm not sure that I totally agree that homelessness is a shame on society, nor is it something that even with the best economy and the best systems in place can be completely eradicated. The actual percentage of people who are homeless because of a failing in the system is very small and I agree that these cases are a real shame, but they are also the real minority. I am not sure however how you can say it is a shame on society if due to a change in personal circumstances someone finds themselves homeless? It is of course a shame for those individuals but if someone finds themselves homeless because they can no longer afford to pay the mortgage or rent how is that societies fault? If someone splits up from their partner and finds themselves unable to afford somewhere to live on their own how is that a shame on society? If a teenage pregnant girl is 'kicked out' by her parents how is her homelessness a shame on society? Or if two people who are living with their respective parents form a relationship and decide they want to live together and therefore 'leave' their parental homes and present themselves as homeless how is that a shame on society? The fact that we have a system that is there to help people when they find themselves in need after a change in personal circumstances is a credit on our society. Is the system perfect, no, but at least we have something. Part of the reason the system is imperfect is because I know from my own 15 years experience in the field that a fair percentage of 'homeless' claims are nothing but an effort to play the system in order to get social housing. I'm talking people who can afford to support themselves but want a council house which is cheaper and people who claim to have had a relationship breakdown (be it with a partner or parents) who claim to have been 'kicked out' of their former home but who as soon as they are given somewhere permanent suddenly patch up their relationships. And of course we have the people who move around from area to area, who get accommodation which they dont pay for and wreck and then abandon or get evicted from before moving onto the next place where they start the process again. These people are those that bring shame on society and make it harder for those in genuine need. So well done on this new homeless shelter and lets be proud that in this country when people have a need there is something there to help them garston tony
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