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Glasgow homeless hostel closure

October 1st 2010

The Salvation Army has announced the closure of Hope House on Clyde Street in Glasgow. The 96-bed hostel, described by senior police as being a major crime generator, will close over the next three years. Last year, city council leader Gordon Matheson demanded the centre be shut as soon as possible. Mr Matheson said: "Hope House is too large. The city council recently closed its large hostels because everyone accepts they don't work. It is time the Salvation Army did the same."

The decision followed long discussions between the Salvation Army and the council. As a result of the talks, the charity will now begin remodelling its homeless services in the city.

Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Barr, the Salvation Army's UK secretary, said: "Following a review of our homeless service provision in Glasgow, we have taken the decision in consultation with Glasgow City Council to close Hope House, which is no longer able to offer the best model of support for our most vulnerable service users. The decommissioning process will begin later this year and be completed by March 2013.

"The Salvation Army remains committed to providing residential services to homeless people in Glasgow and can announce we are investigating the provision of three smaller eight-bed units."

Hope House was built in 1894 as a police barracks and was bought by the Salvation Army in 1934 to create a women's hostel. The Victorian building is now regarded as no longer fit for purpose due to its small rooms and lack of en-suite facilities.


October 2010



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Glasgow homeless hostel closure

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Tenants told to make up Housing Benefit shortfall

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