(PRWEB UK) 13 June 2013
Arlington, a high quality accommodation and support service for homeless people in London, has celebrated its third birthday since being re-launched in 2010. Residents, staff and partners were invited to celebrate the special occasion at Arlington yesterday (Monday 10 June).
Originally built in 1905, the iconic hostel was re-launched in June 2010 after major investment by One Housing Group. The redevelopment enhanced Arlington’s provision significantly, making it the largest multi-purpose homeless scheme in the UK. As well as accommodation for the homeless, Arlington features several artists’ studios, commercial space for businesses and charities, a purpose-built construction workshop, studio flats for low-income workers and a state-of-the-art conference centre.
Since its re-launch, Arlington has:
- provided clean and safe accommodation for 220 customers, keeping them off the streets
- supported 80 customers to move on successfully to more long-term accommodation
- completed nine new studio flats to provide much needed low cost housing for people in Camden
- helped over 1,000 people gain access to training and qualifications which enable them to look for employment opportunities through its on-site employment academy and social enterprise partnerships
- launched its new charity Arlington Futures in July 2012 which is committed to raising funds to provide even more accommodation, training and job opportunities to disadvantaged people in London.
Former resident Moussa is one of the many success stories from Arlington. Moussa lived at Arlington for eighteen months before moving on to private accommodation in November 2012 and enrolling on to an International Relations degree at Birkbeck University.
He credits Arlington for helping him to move forward with his life.
He said: “I got the chance to attend workshops which helped me with my CV and interview skills. As a result, I was able to secure a receptionist placement at an office in Farringdon which helped me to gain valuable work experience and build my confidence."
“Arlington is much more than just a roof over a homeless person’s head. It is a place where you get the best support to get back on track. At Arlington I was motivated to change my outlook on life, build my confidence and pursue my dreams.”
Jason Pryce-Kennedy, Head of Homelessness, added: “Arlington’s unique model based on aspiration and enterprise means that we can help some of the most vulnerable in our community to progress onto brighter, stable futures through our partnerships with social and commercial businesses. We can provide our residents with meaningful employment and training opportunities in-house, on their doorstep."
"We are proud of our achievements over the last three years and are committed to supporting even more disadvantaged people to get back on track with their lives.”