Bedford Homeless Hostel Celebrates Successful First Year

    On Friday (15 March) Clarence House, our Bedford homeless hostel, celebrated its first birthday with a visit from Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson MBE and Mohammad Yasin MP. Local councillors Anthony Forth and Luigi Reale and our Chief Executive Richard Hill joined in the celebrations.

    On Friday (15 March) Clarence House, our Bedford homeless hostel, celebrated its first birthday with a visit from Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson MBE and Mohammad Yasin MP. Local councillors Anthony Forth and Luigi Reale and our Chief Executive Richard Hill joined in the celebrations.

    The visit included a tour of the building where visitors got a sneak peek of a reflexology class and resident Donna showed off her independent living flat. The guests concluded their visit with cake and speeches in the lounge. The cake was provided by London-based Luminary Bakery – a social enterprise employing previously homeless people.

    When Clarence House opened last year, Bedford had the seventh highest number of rough sleepers in England with 76 people on the streets. Latest Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government figures have shown that there are a third fewer people sleeping rough in Bedford than there were one year ago.

    Clarence House has been credited as a key initiative which has helped to tackle rough sleeping in the area. It is a real success story thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff, volunteers and residents.

    Richard Hill, Chief Executive at One Housing, said:

    “The success of Clarence House is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff, residents, volunteers and local partners. We are delighted the scheme has been so well-received and are committed to continue to work with the local community to end homelessness in the borough”

    Mayor Dave Hodgson said:

    “Clarence House goes beyond just providing shelter for a vulnerable person. This housing scheme focuses on the long-term, supporting individuals with complex needs and helping them to move on from homelessness toward a stable future. Clarence House has helped some of our area’s most vulnerable people in the year since it first opened, and it is an incredibly valuable addition to our local services here in Bedford Borough.”

    Mohammad Yasin MP said:

    “Clarence House provides a much-needed service for vulnerable people in Bedford and I’m delighted to be able to support it on its first anniversary.”

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