Villagers divided over plans to set up homeless hostel
Last updated at 11:58, Thursday, 12 September 2013
OPINIONS are split on controversial plans for a homeless hostel in Distington.
Concerned residents raised their fears – and some support – about the proposals at a public meeting on Friday night.
Rachel Holliday, director of Time to Change project, tackled questions and concerns at the meeting at Distington Community Centre.
A second public meeting will be held for residents on Monday, September, 23, at Distington Rugby Club between 2pm and 4pm.
Following that, directors will meet again to discuss feedback. Ms Holliday said: “Decisions will be made and directors will discuss the best way to keep the public up-to-date.”
See The Whitehaven News this week for in-depth coverage of the meeting.
First published at 11:46, Thursday, 12 September 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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I would wonder how many people who are so against the hostel have been in a position at one time or another, where they or their families may have faced a threat of eviction from their own homes. The bedroom tax in particular has meant that many people are faced with the prospect of losing their homes through no fault of their own, and given that there are no one-bedroom properties in Distington for them to move to (which will force them to move from their friends and family), I would have thought that the idea would have been embraced. Having attended the first meeting myself, it is fair to say that the majority were against the proposals, but it was also very clear that the majority were also very ill-informed in respect of the significant homelessness problem that exists in West Cumbria. Where the hostel is located will always be a point of contention, but to suggest that it is not a necessity is ludicrous.
If their main problem is temporary homelessness, it may be helpful.If, as is almost always the case, "homeless" is a euphemism used to describe people with mental, emotional, social and substance abuse problems, then establishing a homeless hostel will be a failure if the intent is to assist these people. A dwelling will not solve mental, emotional, social and substance abuse problems.
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