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Hertfordshire hostel\'s fate decided

May 23 2009
Ridgeview, in London Colney, will be torn down and replaced with state-of-the-art temporary accommodation A hostel in Hertfordshire will be closed down next year and be replaced with up-todate temporary housing by St Albans District Council. Ridgeview in London Colney, which is home to 15 families and 67 single homeless people, has been described by councillors as "outdated". The council is planning to develop a new model of temporary accommodation which is flexible, modern, and offers assisted housing and more suitable forms of support and care to enable independent living. "Ridgeview has served homeless people very well over the last 21 years, but it is now an outdated hostel in terms of its single room accommodation, shared facilities and the increasing emphasis on supporting vulnerable people to live more independently in the community," said council leader Robert Donald. "We cannot offer this better housing and support on this site. In order to fund the new provision and care, we now need to close Ridgeview in 12 months time to sell it." Current residents will not be made homeless as a result of the closures next year. The 15 families will be re-housed and the homeless individuals will be offered one-to-one advice and counselling on their housing needs and the options available to them.