London homeless centre Street Connection closes its doors
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London homeless centre Street Connection is facing a temporary closure, its leaders announced Thursday.
A lack of funds is to blame, said executive director Dave Shearer in a public statement issued late in the afternoon.
The non-for-profit, which has been running since 1991, was shut with with "deep regret," said Shearer. Just last week he welcomed dozens of homeless people to a community barbecue on World Homeless Day.
"We do not have any money left; in fact we are currently in debt," he said.
"We can no longer safely and responsibly offer services to our clients.
"It was a very difficult decision to make but we just cannot continue to operate our meal program and drop-in centre and counselling services.
"We can no longer have our centre available to the groups who regularly use the building for their very important work and meetings."
When Metro visited to centre, at the corner of Horton and Wellington streets, it was already closed. A notice from Shearer was posted on the window.
Now the search for new funding continues, said the executive director.
"We have not given up hope that something can be done, that money cannot be found from someone or some government or agency," his statement continued.
"We have made many applications for funding and thus far have been turned down, including being cut from the City of London Budget for 2013. Some generous donors have helped us out, including members of our Board of Directors but it is not enough."
No date for reopening the centre was given, but Shearer did say to Metro: "We will survive."