Leeds & West Yorkshire

Ladybeck House Hostel in Leeds to close

A homeless hostel in Leeds is to close after being deemed no longer fit for purpose by the council.

Leeds City Council will close Ladybeck House Hostel in the Eastgate area of the city on 4 March.

The council said despite the hostel providing short-term housing it did not help people in the long run, adding that hostels were no longer a popular option among the homeless.

Area manager for Ladybeck House said the hostel would be turned into flats.

Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods and housing, said: "The feedback we have had from people using our homeless services clearly tells us that our services need to be more flexible and better able to respond to a broad range of needs.

"Hostels are no longer a popular option. Although they can often solve an immediate housing need, people feel that temporary self-contained accommodation is a more preferable option and has a better, longer term outcome."

'Extremely tough'

The council said it held a consultation among homeless people who said they preferred self contained accommodation rather than using a hostel service.

Area Manager for Ladybeck House, Norma Harris said the withdrawal of local authority funding had led to the closure: "Across the country the current economic climate is extremely tough, both for local authorities and their housing providers.

"Riverside-ECHG is still committed to helping maintain support for homeless people in the city and we will continue with our two other services - Bracken Court and our Floating Support Service.

"We are also committed to not losing Ladybeck House as an accommodation opportunity. For this reason we will be refurbishing it and turning it into flats for the people of Leeds."

Mr Gruen added: "We will ensure that there are still direct access hostel services available for people who do still wish to use these services within the city, but are seeking to move to a more effective way of offering homeless services in Leeds."

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