Emergency accommodation provided for people living on the streets

Light Project Peterborough are leading a new project to provide emergency accommodation to help people move off the streets.

LPP have launched this pilot programme with a number of churches across the city to house single occupancy cabins provided to the most vulnerable people across Peterborough.

This project is funded by the Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund 2021/22 supplied by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and supported by Homeless Link and Housing Justice.

The project is run by and overseen by Light Project Peterborough but is undertaken in partnership. The primary partner for LPP with this project is church communities but the project will also have support and input from other key organisations such as, Peterborough City Council Housing Needs, Aspire (CGL) and Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

The units were installed by Bunkabin and work to install supported by Hillson Builders and Your Electrical Solution.

The night shelter project is run via a referral scheme that identifies people who are sleeping on the streets and who need emergency accommodation. They are provided with a safe and supported environment while a fuller wrap-around service is organised to achieve the best outcomes for each individual. The project workers help to establish a system of ongoing support and encourage a transition to settled accommodation.

This work is firstly scheduled up until March 2022 and, dependent on the successes and learning, it is hoped that more emergency safe space accommodation across Peterborough could be established.

Steven Pettican (LPP CEO) said “We are really excited about the potential of this project as we have not been able to run the previous Peterborough Winter Night Shelter due to Covid restrictions. After many months of planning, once again church communities are showing they are at the heart of local community support. We do not know what will happen after the end of March but would love to see more safe spaces across the city. If you could help us with this, please, please do get in touch.”

Councillor Steve Allen, cabinet member for housing at Peterborough City Council, said: “This is an innovative initiative that will provide accommodation to some of the most vulnerable in our city, at a time when they need it the most. The city council is wholly supportive of this project and thankful to the Government for the funding to allow it to begin.”