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Former Student Accommodation to House the Homeless

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Former student accommodation in Portsmouth is to be used to provide support for rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness.

Kingsway House on Elm Grove is one of three former student accommodation blocks acquired by Portsmouth City Council in March this year.

As well as providing shelter, the hub will offer access to medical services, mental health workers and substance misuse professionals.

The council had previously reported that more than 80 rough sleepers living in hotels during the pandemic had been moved into former student accommodation.

The hub forms part of the council's rough sleeping pathway, which is being funded through a £4.6m grant from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government.