The vision for the shelter in St Helens comes after owners of the Tyrers building gave their backing to a homeless charity in the town.
A homeless shelter that everyone is free to use with no questions asked is coming to St Helens.
The vision for a self-contained shelter in the town centre with no waiting list comes from homeless charity, Teardrops, after they got the backing of the owners of Tyrers building.
The ambition for the group developing the historic building, Luxor, and the charity is to give people the chance to get off the streets for good.
Essentially the shelter will mean anyone who is living on the streets in St Helens can turn up, walk in and be given a safe place to rest whenever they need it.
This will become the only sheltered provision for homeless people in the town. The only arrangements at the moment are limited to people delivering food to homeless people there. The groups behind the shelter also hope it will help to integrate those living on the streets back into day to day society.
A £1,000 cheque was donated by the Tyrers owners and Lloyds Bank to Teardrops and this will also be used to fund the charity’s outreach efforts in the town which include getting ‘a night shelter up and running later this year’.
Managing director of Luxor Group Paul Nicholson says: “Homelessness is a rising issue in St Helens which as a community we should all be addressing. That’s why we are proud to be working with Teardrops, whose mission is to support homeless people and get them off the streets towards a better life.
“From working on the Tyrers development and looking at other potential sites in the town centre, I have spent a lot of time in St Helens, so we were more than happy to help this local charity. As a local investor we are keen to work alongside different community groups to find a sustainable, long term solution for the homeless. I would encourage others to support Teardrops as the work they do in is St Helens in making a real difference.”
The charity’s work also includes delivering warm food, drinks and supplies twice a week in the town centre and running a night cafe at Centurion House on North Road.
Teardrops CEO Denis Kelly said: “I would like to thank everyone for their kind donation. I have spoken with Paul on several occasions, he is fully supportive of the work we do and is passionate about giving people a chance and the opportunity to be able to live in an affordable place.”
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By Connor Dunn, originally published in the Liverpool Echo.