THE homeless will suffer unless funding for staff at a group of London-based hostels can be raised, a Christian organisation for the homeless warned this week.
The Shaftesbury Society launched an urgent appeal to fund three staff members from a Christian Homeless Initiative who find work and accommodation for young homeless people.
The appeal comes in response to the non-renewal of Government funding for the staff of the hostels, which opened last year.
Since then, over 500 people aged 16-26 have stayed at the hostels and more than 300 of those have been helped to find move-on accommodation by the project's two resettlement workers.
Future funding for both these staff and a Vocational Liaison Officer, who has found either employment or job training opportunities for 225 young people, is now threatened.
"The support services they provide are as vital as the hostels themselves," said Fran Beckett, who is supervising the Homeless Initiative.
"The whole project is designed to give young homeless people not just a roof but the help they need to build a real future for themselves," he said.
The Shaftesbury Homeless Initiative is currently funded by the Department of the Environment.