Working closely with Islington Council, the old Visitors’ Centre at Holloway Prison has been temporarily transformed into a 24-hour homeless shelter to provide housing for rough sleepers in Islington and Camden.
Peabody was committed to providing the building rent free to a homeless shelter operator when they purchased the site. In the first instance a planning application was submitted to allow for a change in use of the building. The planning application was approved by Islington Council meaning extensive upgrades could be made to ensure the old Visitors’ Centre was suitable for its new use. Peabody, working with their development partner London Square were able to convert the upstairs of the old Visitors’ Centre for use as a homeless shelter to open in time for Christmas 2019.
The shelter is run by the charity Single Homeless Project (SHP) and funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Up to 30 rough sleepers from Islington and Camden are being housed, receiving meals and being given advice from health and addiction experts.
The shelter could not have opened without the continued enthusiasm of the local community who did not send any objections to Islington Council during the formal planning application consultation.
The temporary homeless shelter is testament to the positive work that is happening as a result of the Holloway Prison consultation.
Note: due to COVID-19 the homeless shelter has been temporarily closed and all residents have been found more suitable accommodation.