Homeless centre keeps doors open

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A HOMELESS centre has received a £149,000 funding boost which will secure its immediate future and enable it to cope with a feared influx of new clients due to Government housing benefit cuts.

Only last May, the seven staff at the Lancaster District Homeless Action Service in Edward Street were given redundancy notices, with the centre facing closure due to a cash crisis.

But it was saved the following month after the Tudor Trust – a grant-making charitable body which supports organisations working to help people at the margins of society – offered it more than £100,000 of funding over three years.

And now money from four other sources has boosted the centre’s coffers further at a time when its resources are likely to be stretched to the limit as the government’s deficit reduction programme kicks in.

See the Lancaster Guardian (28-01-11) for full story.