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Homeless shelter gets a 3m boost
Jimmy's Night Shelter
The grant will allow Jimmy's to create 20 new single rooms
A night shelter for the homeless in Cambridge has been granted 3m in government aid.

Jimmy's Night Shelter will use the grant to create 20 new single rooms and become a 24-hour shelter, manager Bev Williams said.

The East Road shelter, which opened in 1995, currently houses 30 homeless people in dormitories.

The money is coming from the Department for Communities and Local Government's Places of Change programme.

It is hoped the work will begin early next year.

The service, currently operating from the basement, will be expanded over four floors.

'Welcome cash boost'

Ms Williams said: "The changes to the building will give Jimmy's a much greater opportunity to assess, support and help residents to find a quicker and more sustainable route out of homelessness.

"This is a welcome cash boost which will allow us to improve the basics in our premises such as sleeping areas, toilets and showers. It will provide a kitchen and meeting rooms, where opportunities will be offered to our guests to engage in activities.

"This will also mean that the very important, and substantial, donations we receive from generous individuals and businesses in our region can work harder for our guests and staff, extending our service to help rebuild the lives of those we support."

The rebuilding project is also being support financially by Cambridge City Council.



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