Cllr Lines lends a helping hand at Christmas

By on 24/12/2009 in News

Cllr Lines serves breakfast to David Kent

Cllr Lines serves breakfast to David Kent

Cllr John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing, has officially opened the Cold weather Provision at the Salvation Army, William Booth Centre.

The facility, which is funded by the council opens in winter when temperatures drop particularly low (0 degrees or below) and provides rough sleepers in Birmingham with somewhere to rest for the night as well as a hot breakfast in the morning.

Cllr Lines said, “With Christmas just a few days away and the days getting colder and colder, I wanted to ensure rough sleepers in Birmingham had a roof over their heads and a hot breakfast to make their lives that little bit easier. We are committed to looking after our people and tackling homelessness in this city and at this time of year we go that extra mile to ensure our vulnerable people are looked after.”

Cllr Lines' visit comes hot on the heels of a green flag awarded to Birmingham City Council's Housing for working in partnership to meet housing need- one of only two councils in the country to be singled out for praise.

The council helped to prevent homelessness for 1017 households in 2005/06, 827 in 2006/007, 6316 in 2007/08 and 5806 in 2008/09. 

Birmingham City Council has also significantly reduced the number of rough sleepers with ongoing work between partners and the council to maintain a sustained focus on this issue. This includes work to address move on issues from hostels to free up bed spaces for those in acute need.

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