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New £5.5m Aberdeen homelessness unit opens

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Media captionA new £5m centre that provides support and accommodation for homeless people opens in Aberdeen

A new £5.5m Aberdeen homelessness unit has been officially opened.

The Aberdeen City Council facility has been built on the city's West North Street.

The homelessness unit comprises a three-storey block for short-term supported accommodation, with 20 bedsits with en-suite shower facilities.

A separate six-storey block provides 20 flats, ranging from one to four bedrooms.

Communal facilities are provided on the ground floor, with kitchen, laundry and lounge facilities, and staff accommodation.

Housing and infrastructure convener Neil Cooney said: "This new £5.5m development helps us to build upon the huge progress we have made in recent years in getting to grips with the scourge of homelessness and will provide first-class facilities to help us to prevent or alleviate the problem."

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