Burnley’s Emmaus project for homeless doubles in size

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A HOUSING project that offers a new start for homeless people has more than doubled in size.

Building and conversion work at Booth Court, the former old folks’ sheltered housing scheme in Old Hall Street, Burnley, began in the autumn of 2009 after the site was bought by Emmaus Burnley.

The flats were converted into accommodation and the rooms now available have risen from 10 to 24. A training room and lounges have also been given the finishing touches. The project is expected to cost a further £500,000 before it is finished.

Emmaus chairman Mr Peter Pike said: “We have already been able to increase our numbers to 12 and will steadily take more companions in over the next few weeks.

“Our project giving the homeless a safe home and work is helping to rebuild people’s lives. Our next targets are to be able to buy our superstore and also open a drop-in facility. So the work goes on as we need another £500,000 to complete our project, but we will get there!”

The charity’s superstore, selling recycled goods and furniture restored by companions, now occupies two floors of its premises in Ivy Street. It is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Emmaus will collect donations; phone 430860.