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New homeless hostel scheme backed

A new centre for homeless women and children has been given the go ahead by Carlisle City Council's executive.

The accommodation is proposed replace the Homeless Families Hostel in London Road, which has become run-down in recent years.

If planning permission is approved, it will be built to next to the existing men's hostel in Shaddongate.

The centre is part of a 3.9m scheme to improve facilities for rough sleepers in the city.

Rob Stephenson, the city council's homelessness officer, said the new building would provide more spacious rooms and better kitchen facilities for women and children.

It is planned for the site to be open by early 2010.

The wider scheme has been backed with a 1.9m government grant.

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