Crisis charity’s emergency Christmas shelter fails fire safety check
The Crisis charity for London’s homeless is looking for a building in east London to run a Christmas shelter after one of its temporary emergency centres failed a fire safety check.
The building would shelter 150 men and women and become one of 10 temporary Crisis centres providing warmth, companionship and vital services to 3,000 homeless and vulnerably-housed people.
“We have been forced to abandon one of our centres due to fire safety concerns,” said the charity’s head Ian Richards. “This has left us 150 beds short with less than two weeks until we open our doors.”
He warned: “Some homeless people might have to face Christmas on the streets if we don’t find something quickly.”
The centres are being run by 8,000 volunteers from December 23 to 30 who are giving up their own Christmas to help the homeless.
You may also want to watch:
The number of rough sleepers has risen sharply in London in the past 12 months, the charity points out. Nearly 5,700 people are estimated to have been on the streets at some point in the past year, a rise of 43 per cent on the previous year.
- 1 'Dangerous and predatory' Newham man found guilty of child sex assault
- 2 Take a peek inside The Boleyn Tavern as it prepares to welcome punters
- 3 Seven charged after police crackdown on alleged county lines
- 4 Met launches summer operation as teen killings surge
- 5 Investigation launched after two young men stabbed in Newham
- 6 Free cultural events and family activities in the Royal Docks announced
- 7 Demand for urgent action as Newham lags behind in Covid-19 jabs
- 8 The Boleyn Tavern in East Ham to welcome back punters after £1.5m restoration
- 9 RuPaul's Drag Race UK star Bimini Bon Boulash makes Covid-19 jabs call at London Stadium pop-up clinic
- 10 US burger chain Wendy's set to open first London restaurant in Stratford