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Night shelters for the homeless will stay open as temperatures remain low

Night shelter for Canterbury’s rough sleepers will extend into next week

The city council and Canterbury’s homeless charities will continue to provide night shelters for rough sleepers as temperatures remain low.

A total of 47 places will be available at Catching Lives’s site in Station Road East and the St Paul’s and St Thomas’s churches.

The council will now maintain its Severe Weather Emergency Protocol , which is put into place when temperatures drop, until next week.

Cllr Simon Cook

Council leader Cllr Simon Cook said: “We are seeing unseasonably cold weather at the moment, and the worst of the

temperatures are actually forecast for Thursday – the day after the night shelter was scheduled to close.

“It is imperative, therefore, that extra provision was put in place and I am delighted we have been able to arrange it.

It would not be possible to pull this together at such short notice without the hard work of Catching Lives, the two churches and our own officers and I would like to thank all those involved.

“It’s fantastic to see such close joint working on this vital issue, as well as on homelessness and rough sleeping all year round.”

This morning the Canterbury Journal reported that at least one rough sleeper had decided to remain outside last night despite heavy snowfall and temperatures below zero.

Anyone who wants a bed space should go to Catching Lives’ day centre, not to the churches, ​at 8pm, where they will be provided with a hot meal and allocated a space.

Should more than 47 people approach for shelter, Canterbury Mosque has offered to provide accommodation for the extras.up until 9pm.

Catching Lives, Porchlight and the Street Pastors who patrol the city centre will now be out and about spreading the word across the city to ensure rough sleeper who wants to receive help can access the support they need.

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