A new shelter for homeless people, which was built by Lindum for the YMCA, has officially opened in Lincoln.
The Nomad Centre in St Rumbold’s Street was unveiled by Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Toby Dennis, during a ceremony attended by funders, dignitaries and YMCA residents.
It signals the end of six months of construction work and years of fundraising by the charity and its supporters.
The new shelter comprises of 20 en-suite bedrooms, two move-on accommodation rooms, a kitchen and a day centre.
It replaces the old night shelter on Monks Road and will support those without homes, those forced to sleep rough, those with complex difficult backgrounds and those who have suffered from abuse, addiction or have fallen on hard times.
The £1.6 million project has been funded largely through donations and support from the community. Support has come from a wide range of partners including from Homes England, which donated over £700,000 to the project.
YMCA Chairman Ian Sackree said: “YMCA Lincolnshire is very grateful to everyone who has supported the Nomad shelter over the past 20 years and those who have helped make our dream of modern, dignified and private accommodation for those without homes a reality.
“All of this would not be possible without the donations and generosity of the local community. We very much appreciate the many generous and kind donations of funds, food and provisions over the years. We simply could not have continued to operate the shelter for the past 20 years, or created the new Centre. We’d like to express our sincere thanks to everyone involved.”
The new accommodation has been created through a redevelopment of an old dance, gym and training facility, although a newly constructed extension to the building has also been added.
The current YMCA/Nomad emergency accommodation is the only permanent direct access homeless provision in Lincolnshire and demand for the services is extremely high, with street homelessness in Lincoln three times higher now than in 2010.
Chief Executive of City of Lincoln Council, Angela Andrews said: “We are absolutely delighted to see the opening of brand new Nomad Centre – this facility will help to change the lives of some of the most vulnerable in the City whilst ensuring their dignity and privacy – we would like to congratulate Ian, Caroline and their teams for their tremendous work in making this happen.”