HUDDERSFIELD is in desperate need of a night shelter for the homeless.
The call has been made by Jacqui Goff, project manager at Huddersfield’s Methodist Mission’s cafe and the Rev Alan Boyd.
They made the call after temperatures plummeted earlier this month and it was revealed that people were still sleeping on the streets of Huddersfield.
Jacqui said: “We cannot solve every problem, but there is a real need for a night shelter and hostel access in the town.
“Whether it is at this time of year or not, the Christmas message of hope needs to be turned into reality.”
Jacqui is asking people to contact her as part of a campaign to encourage Kirklees Council to provide some sort of night shelter for the homeless within the town.
She fears that with worries of further cuts and job losses, the demand for such a facility and its associated services may grow in 2011.
She added: “Our council does deserve credit.
“However, drastic Government cuts, changing priorities, the effects of the economic crisis, local and national financial problems, the increase in unemployment, the effect on families, the stress on relationships and the loss of homes is going to make this worse.
“To do something about this is serious business for all of us – citizens, faith communities and the council.
“It’s even more serious if you’re one of the people in crisis and don’t know where you will eat, live or sleep on any given day.
“Crisis does not discriminate – it can hit anyone at any time.”
The centre is open to the whole community and has become known as a safe place for people in crisis to turn when other agencies cannot help.
From food and clothing to benefit and housing advice, the drop-in cafe helps with it all.
Jacqui’s plea comes after the revelation that Kirklees Council only has to step in to offer homeless people shelter when temperatures are forecast to drop below 0°C for three consecutive nights.
In December six people were given shelter by the council. But many more opted to stay outdoors and brave the cold, too afraid to let their bodies get used to the comfort of warmth again before returning to the streets.
To lend your support to the campaign for a shelter email Jacqui at – email@example.com