City MP visits local hostel to discuss action on homelessness

Stephen Morgan MP visits Salvation Army’s Catherine Booth House Lifehouse to talk with staff and residents

Portsmouth South MP, Stephen Morgan, has visited Catherine Booth Lifehouse, run by the Salvation Army, to see the work they’re doing to support families in the city.

The centre offers a unique facility by providing temporary; furnished accommodation and housing support for couples with children, male and female single parent families and pregnant mothers. Staff work closely with Portsmouth City Council Social Care and are able to cater for a wide range of support needs, equipping families with life skills to enable them to maintain a tenancy.

The service offers a safe, secure and supportive environment that allows Portsmouth City Council Housing to meet its statutory obligations in assessing the housing and support needs of vulnerable families, while ensuring that service users retain dignity, independence, control and choice over their own lives, within their own capabilities.

TSA provides specific homelessness services across all regions of England and in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; with over 8,000 people accessing these services per year. Each of their services operate a person-centred approach with a strong emphasis on resident engagement and involvement in the running of the Lifehouse. These centres are a lifeline where people can address the issues around their homelessness and make positive decisions about their futures.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

‘I’d like to thank the brilliant team at Catherine Booth Lifehouse for showing me around today. The work they are doing to support local families is not just commendable but crucial.

Far too many people have been left without a home, or even a safe place to spend the night. Housebuilding recently fell to its lowest rate since the 1920s and homelessness is rising.

At a time of failure from this Government, charities such as the Salvation Army have stepped up to act with the compassion and generosity on which our city prides itself.’