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May 20 2009
Charities want to convert a derelict church into accommodation for the region‘s young homeless people A group of charitable organisations in Coventry and Warwickshire have put forward plans to convert a derelict church into temporary accommodation for the region's young homeless. St Philip's Church in Rugby, a Grade II listed building, stands unused, and the Church Community Group hopes that this will be an opportunity to restore the building and provide what it deems a vital service. The borough council has no statutory requirement to house the homeless, but has been asked to provide ¬¨¬£5,000 to support the renovation. The proposals include 10 accommodation units for young people leaving care, plus additional communal areas for showers, kitchen, laundry, consultation support and a children's play area that will form a drop-in centre. Local media said the number of people 'virtually' homeless in Rugby had just exceeded 1,000, which includes those on housing waiting lists. This is considered to be a "growing problem." The council is expected to reach a decision before the end of January.