Hope Centre will stay open

Northampton Hope Centre will stay open until a new home can be found for it, according to a statement released by Northampton Borough Council.

Midland Heart Housing Association wanted to evict the Hope Centre from its purpose built home at Oasis House so it can create more flats on the site.

However it has now been agreed that the homelessness charity can stay at its purpose built home until other premises and resources can be found at a nearby location.

Council Leader, Cllr Jonathan Nunn, said: “We are committed to working with our partners in the town, particularly when it can benefit the most vulnerable in our communities.

“We were therefore pleased last year to have been able to broker a meeting with Hope and Midland Heart to consider the current situation and opportunities for the future.

“Those discussions have continued and we are now able to announce that our three organisations are committed to working together to find the Hope Centre a new home.”

Ben Leadsom, Chair of the Hope Centre Board said: “I am pleased everyone accepts the Hope Centre will be kept open at Oasis House to continue its vital work while new premises and resources are found to move it to a suitable nearby location when one becomes available.”

Glenn Harris, Chief Executive of Midland Heart commented: “We are pleased that all parties are working to a solution that will enable Hope Centre to continue its much valued services from a suitable location , which will allow for Midland Heart to increase the number of homeless accommodation at Oasis House by 11 flats.

“No specific time limit has been set, and all parties have agreed to work in good faith together to bring this about. We would like to thank Northampton Borough Council for their efforts to facilitate this outcome.”

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