Homeless charity's Rubery branch to close amidst funding cuts

By Beth Sharp Wednesday 15 January 2014 Updated: 16/01 19:34

YOUNG people living at St Basils' Rubery house on Callowbrook Lane are being forced to leave their home because of funding cuts.

St Basils, which provides a scheme for homeless young people between 16 and 25, now has less than 90 days to find new homes for its current residents.

It comes after the announcement of potential funding cuts by Worcestershire County Council, which the charity said made the project untenable.

St Basils said it would continuing to run its accommodation schemes in Bromsgrove, Kidderminster and Redditch but they too were under threat of closure for the same reason.

It added how concerned it was about the impacts on the local community at a time where families were experiencing the increasing pressures of homelessness, unemployment and a lack of affordable housing more than ever.

Lorna Esien, St Basils' operations director, said over the last two years the charity had received a fantastic amount of support from the local community for the scheme.

She thanked the organisation's partners, supporters and neighbours for helping during this time and for their part in helping to transform so many young people’s lives.

"We are very sad to have had to close this scheme due to a lack of funding.

"Cuts to these vital services at a time when more provision is needed will place more young people at risk.

"St Basils are committed to supporting as many local young people in crisis as we can but we need the financial backing to continue to run effective homeless prevention services in our community,” she added.

Coun Peter McDonald said many young people found themselves homeless through no fault of their own and had nowhere to turn but the streets.

"The project has been very successful in taking young people of the streets giving them shelter, support and help in finding work

"Not one young person who has been helped by St Basils has been involved in crime since finding shelter.

"All this will be lost because of cutbacks and in the long-term the cost of not funding such projects will be costly to us all," he added.

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