WHILE it is good to see additional bedrooms for homeless people being approved at the town’s Salvation Army Hostel, one still is left wondering what impact it may have on the charitable offering from Room at the Inn.
Room at the Inn currently relies on additional funding from the borough council to help provide accommodation for some of those most in need-and the council has said all along that the £3,000 a month funding is a temporary measure.
While six new rooms at the Salvation Army are welcome, they are not really enough to cater for all the town’s homeless needs.
I think it fair to say Room at the Inn offers a more flexible solution to help some of those who find themselves most in need and Warrington Borough Council should bear this in mind when making any decisions on funding for Room at the Inn.
There are clearly more homeless people in Warrington than official figures show and it is important they always have somewhere to go if they require help and support.
Many of these people are the most vulnerable in our society and ideally we need to be able to ensure places like Room at the Inn have a long term future in our town.
Warrington Borough Council has said previously it will give three months notice before ending any funding for Room at the Inn, let us hope the success of this planning application doesn’t result in that notice period being triggered!