Web only: Emergency Islington shelter remains open during sub-zero temperatures
January 9th 2010
The emergency shelter run by St Mungo's, which re-opened on January 5th, should remain open as long as temperatures remain below zero, a spokesperson for London's largest homeless charity has told The Pavement.
The accommodation, in Islington, north London, has around 100 beds and at present is about half full. Rough sleepers cannot simply turn up at the facility, but need to be referred by outreach teams working on the capital's streets.
The centre is part of the capital's Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP), and is funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government.
But the St Mungo's spokesperson was unable to say what would happen to the shelter should the temperature remain sub-zero for more than one month.
The centre opened before Christmas, from 17th to 23rd December, and has re-opened due to the coldest January for 30 years. Current forecasts predict the cold snap could last for another fortnight.
Facilities include hot showers, beds, clean clothes and food.