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Petition launched in support of radical plan to combat Ilford’s homelessness crisis

PUBLISHED: 18:15 15 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:15 15 February 2018

Decorating a 'Project Malachi' wallhanging with handprints outside the Salvation Army in Ilford, on 29th July, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison

Decorating a 'Project Malachi' wallhanging with handprints outside the Salvation Army in Ilford, on 29th July, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison

Archant/Catherine Davison

A petition has been launched to support a pioneering project to tackle Redbridge’s homelessness problem in obtain planning permission.

Project Malachi hopes to build a pop-up hostel for the homeless on the site of a former funeral home in Ilford out of shipping containers.

A planning application to build 42 units of accommodation for the project was submitted on January 31.

The hostel will offer a mix of homeless residents and rough sleepers the opportunity stay in self-contained apartments with a bed, sofa, bathroom and kitchen area.

The project, which was first announced in October 2016, has been awarded £1.1m by The Salvation Army, in a show of support from the national charity to the local chapter.

The Salvation Army today launched a petition for residents to show their support for the project and the planning permission it relies upon.

In one day the petition has already gained 95 signatures, nearly a third of its 300 signature target.

Last summer, John Clifton told the Recorder: “We cannot stand idly by while our neighbours’ lives are cut short on a bed of concrete.”

Sign the petition here: https://popuphostel-ilfordsalvationarmy.nationbuilder.com/planning_application


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