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Homeless hostel gets cash grant

A hostel for rough sleepers in Surrey has been given a 340,000 grant to help extend its services.

Leatherhead Night Hostel was awarded the extra funding from the government to help homeless people back into independent living.

The night hostel's dormitories, which sleep four to five people, and staff areas, are in a poor state of repair.

The money will be spent on building an assessment centre with short-stay single room accommodation.

The hostel was set up by local churches and is supported by Mole Valley District Council.

It can accommodate up to eight men and four women for approximately six weeks.

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