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Bishop of Lincoln The Right Revd Dr David Court visited two support services for homeless people with complex needs.
Bishop David visited the Corner House in Friars Lane, which provides supported accommodation to people with complex needs – combinations of homelessness, repeat offending, mental ill-health and substance abuse.
He was also shown an additional temporary support service for local rough sleepers housed in the same building when he visited on Thursday.
Framework Service Director Lisa Del Buono said: “The Corner House is part of a pathway of accommodation services we offer in Lincoln, designed to help people overcome their problems and live more independently in the community.
“Sadly, as a result of nearly a decade of decline in support services for vulnerable people, we are now seeing more people with more complex problems than before. That means they aren’t just homeless, but have other significant challenges to overcome if they are ever to live independently again. We were delighted to welcome Bishop David to discuss these challenges and the community response to them.”
Bishop David said: “This was a really interesting visit that highlighted the co-ordinated response that is needed to address the very complex issue of homelessness. It is very clear to me that many homeless people need so much more than just a roof over their heads; they need long-term support to address the many problems they are facing. I am grateful to Framework for showing me around, and for their dedication to help those in need in our community.”