A NEW hostel in Leamington has been opened to offer round the clock accommodation to rough sleepers.
William Wallsgrove House on Lillington Road is owned by Warwick District Council and provides accommodation for around 22 people, all year round with support from 15 staff members.
It also caters for those with canine companions.
Individuals can either just turn up at the hostel or are referred by the police or homeless agencies and charities.
Once settled into the hostel they will be further assessed and where possible transferred to a supported housing facility.
Those using the hostel will be encouraged to stay during the day and receive on-site support, care and counselling.
It is a major element of the council’s rough sleeping scheme and supported by the government’s £30million pot to put a stop to the issue by 2027.
Housing head Lisa Barker said: “We understand that the lives of rough sleepers can be complex and multi-faceted.
“The specialist care and support we are able to provide to individuals who seek refuge at William Wallgrove House, will be a significant step in helping them address their problems in a safe and secure environment, so that when they are ready they are able to move on to more permanent accommodation that is suitable to their needs.
“We cater for all rough sleepers, even their pets as the hostel has a room which is suitable for dogs.”
WDC housing spokesperson Coun Peter Phillips added he was pleased the council was able to open the hostel before the winter and support vulnerable people into living independently.