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New home opens for homeless

Monday, 25th November 2002.

A SECOND home for homeless people has been opened in Haverhill by the St Matthew Society.

A new eight-bed group home, with one flat, has been created at Heazeworth House in Hamlet Road, financed by a 596,000 Social Housing grant from St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

The society opened The Limes, in Camps Road, which has eight beds, 11 years ago and its new house is aimed to complement this and cater for homeless people who need just a little support.

John Miller, chief executive of the St Matthew Society, paid tribute to the generous support people in the town had given to The Limes.

"It has made a real home in Haverhill and a generation of people have benefited from living at the Limes and have now got their lives together as a result. Now more will be coming here," he said.

Les Howard, chairman of the house committee at The Limes, officially opened the new home and hoped it would be as successful as its predecessor. "Of the eight living there now, five are working full time and this is what we attempt to do, get them interested in life so that they can move forward."

Mike Dawson, Acting Director of Housing for St Edmundsbury, said although the council had handed over management of its housing stock to the Havebury Partnership, it still had a role to play.

The council was committed to working with groups such as the St Matthew Society to meet housing needs for homeless people and others within the community.

"I am very happy to see the opening of what I am sure will become an excellent facility for Haverhill," he said.

Haverhill Weekly News

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