The Salvation Army’s Isle of Wight Corps (church) opened its doors to allow rough sleepers on the island to seek shelter throughout the cold winter months.
The church and charity’s homeless support unit joined Isle of Wight Council to help the local authority do all it can to ensure people experiencing homelessness do not have to bed down on the streets this winter.
The Salvation Army at the Isle of Wight will be bringing rough sleepers in from the cold from 27 November 2017 until the end of March in 2018 and working hard to achieve the Housing Justice Quality mark for Church and Community night shelters during its first year of operation.
The Salvation Army already operates a street outreach intervention service that delivers personalised support packages to people experiencing homelessness on the Isle of Wight throughout the year.
The specialised team helps rough sleepers find whatever help is appropriate for their needs – including access to addiction support or mental health and wellbeing services – and links to other emergency accommodation provision.
The new winter night shelter will allow The Salvation Army to go even further by providing hot food and a warm bed for the night; seven days a week, during the coldest months.