Bristol approves overnight homeless shelter

Despite more than 100 objections, Bristol City Council’s intention to have a meaningful impact on homelessness in the city will be aided by the opening of an emergency hostel for rough sleepers.

Although there were complaints that the old St Anne's council offices in Brislington were the wrong place for homeless people, the council will use a £600,000 grant from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government to use the hostel this winter, providing 30 emergency beds, including a female-only dormitory, available from October to March.

Bristol City Council is facing an increasing number of people sleeping rough, in addition to increasing pressure on demand for housing and supported accommodation, with homelessness reaching crisis point after the temporary closure of two emergency support centres.

The council said it wants to have a ‘meaningful impact’ on reducing rough sleeping in the city by March 2019.