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Homeless Hyleford tenants speak of Ilford hostel hell

PUBLISHED: 16:56 24 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:38 25 February 2016

Homeless hostel Hyleford, Boundary Close, Ilford

Homeless hostel Hyleford, Boundary Close, Ilford

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Homeless tenants have spoken of “disgusting” conditions at a hostel.

Homeless hostel Hyleford, Boundary Close, IlfordHomeless hostel Hyleford, Boundary Close, Ilford

Residents at Hyleford, Boundary Close, Ilford, claimed there was overcrowding, a lack of disabled access and mice infestation at the temporary accommodation complex.

They spoke about “prison-like” rules implemented by staff, which include what times they can stay in communal living areas, what times they are “confined” to their rooms, and when they are allowed visitors.

One mum, who asked not to be named, claimed staff told her if she spoke to the media she could risk losing her place.

A council spokeswoman insisted there were daily cleaners and fortnightly pest control inspections.

Homeless hostel Hyleford, Boundary Close, IlfordHomeless hostel Hyleford, Boundary Close, Ilford

She said communal areas were vacated at 11pm due to the number of young children there.

As for alleged threats to residents about speaking to the press, she was “assured” by staff that was not the case.

Read the full story in tomorrow’s Recorder.


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