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Holloway prison offers rough sleepers shelter

Up to 25 homeless people are housed in project operating at jail site

07 February, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Holloway Prison was closed in 2016 – a housing association now plans to build more than 1,000 homes on the site

A SHELTER for rough sleepers has opened on the old Holloway Prison site.

The centre, run by charity Single Homeless Project (SHP), is operating from the prison’s visitors centre in Parkhurst Road.

Up to 25 rough sleepers from Islington and Camden are being housed, as well as receiving meals and advice from health and addiction experts.

It is funded by the government’s housing and communities department.

“This shelter is bringing together a range of services and outreach teams from the two boroughs to ensure we can provide for those in greatest need,” SHP deputy chief executive Toni Warner said.

The prison was closed in 2016 after a surprise decision made by then chancellor George Osborne. Housing association Peabody bought the 10-acre site from the Ministry of Justice for £82m last year after receiving a £42m loan from the Mayor of London’s land fund.

Peabody plans to build more than 1,000 homes, 400 of which will be sold on the market while 600 of them will be “affordable”, it claims.

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