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Newham’s Caritas Anchor House completes move-on flats for previously homeless people

An East London homeless charity has completed the construction of 25 move-on flats for previously homeless people.

Caritas Anchor House, located in Newham, provides accommodation and support for up to 250 single homeless people each year, addressing the root causes of homelessness through training, education and personal rehabilitation.

As the move from the supportive environment of Caritas Anchor House to independent living can sometimes be difficult, the move on flats will operate as a halfway point between the two states, helping ensure that residents are able to sustain their independence long term.

While they live in the flats, situated adjacent to Caritas Anchor House, residents will have full responsibility for all aspects of their everyday lives, such as money management and cooking, but can continue to access Caritas Anchor House’s support services if needed.

Each of the 25 studio flats are equipped with an en-suite bathroom, integrated kitchen, a dining table and chairs, a television and armchair, as well as a bed and wardrobe.

Keith Fernett, chief executive of Caritas Anchor House said: “I am delighted our move-on flats are completed and that 25 of our residents have now taken the next step in their journey to independent living. Caritas Anchor House’s capacity has now increased, so we will be able to support more people than ever before.”

The flats form part of the charity’s £15.3 million Home and Hope Appeal, launched in 2011 to transform the organisation and provision of homeless services in Newham, East London.

The first phase involved refurbishing existing residential rooms into individual learning zones, complete with a bedroom and workspace. The move-on flats form phase two and work has now begun on the final phase, the construction of facilities for training and education, as well as health and wellbeing provisions.

This comes at a time when figures show homeless has risen 16% in one year in England, and in Newham alone, the rough sleeper count has increased by 46%. However, The Homelessness Reduction Bill aims to reform current homelessness legislation to provide support for those who are homeless or at risk of losing their home, and, having recently passed its second reading in the House of Lords in February 2017.

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