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Bromley's threatened homeless shelter opens late

PUBLISHED: 17:15 22 December 2011

Homeless people at the 5,000 project last Christmas

Homeless people at the 5,000 project last Christmas

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A homelessness shelter which was under threat this Christmas is to go ahead after all.

The 5,000 Project, Bromley’s 12-bed unit for street sleepers over the harshest winter months, was jeopardised after the resignation of its previous manager, Sandy Greenfield, in November.

Ms Greenfield had run the shelter at the United Reform Church in Widmore Road, Bromley for the past three winters. Former Bromley councillor Colin Bloom, who runs the Curry Union in the town centre, providing food to the street homeless, said the shelter would be up and running by today (Thursday). It was supposed to launch 10 days ago.

A final emergency planning meeting between Bromley’s main churches including the United Reformed Church, the parish churches and Bromley Town Church was due to take place yesterday (Wednesday).

Mr Bloom said: “I was as shocked as anybody that Sandy resigned. We will continue to run the shelter in the same spirit she worked tirelessly in for all these years.”

The project estimates that there can be about 30 people, men and women, sleeping rough at any one time in Bromley. It is expected to stay open until the end of February.

The new manager of the project, Stephen Fellingham, was not available for comment.

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