Smithdown Court
The facility would replace Labre House on Camden Street

Liverpool moves to boost rough sleeper provision  

Dan Whelan

The city council is requesting approval to convert a student accommodation block on Smithdown Lane east of the city centre into apartments for homeless people. 

The five-storey Smithdown Court can accommodate 59 people and would replace the authority’s former Rough Sleeping Night Hub, Labre House, on Camden Street. 

Labre House, which has dormitory-style sleeping arrangements, was closed during the pandemic to curb the spread of Covid-19. 

Those using the facility were relocated to more suitable alternative accommodation in the short term but the council has now confirmed that Labre House will not reopen after the pandemic.  

As a result, a facility with self-contained bedrooms is required to make up for the shortfall of bed spaces.

Around £2m is earmarked to acquire and convert Smithdown Court, subject to planning approval. 

The funds are part of the £6m the city council was awarded by the Government to support projects aimed at providing shelter for homeless people.

The rooms would be available to individuals for up to six months, according to a council report. 

Should planning permission be granted, work to convert the building would not start until the end of the current tenancy agreements, which expire at the end of June. 

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Good. Generally, homeless people already struggle with complex needs – mental health and substance abuse issues – and having to sleep in a temporary dormitory is far from ideal. Private rooms will offer individuals a bit more peace and dignity, and thus provide a better opportunity for helping people get to a better place. Best of luck to all involved.

By AJ

Here’s an idea, how about developer contributions go towards running this facility? Or is the system really so broken now

By Anonymous

Is the council giving the owner of the block on smithdown Lane 2 million ,for what.
It’s already student Accommodation and is a new build .What conversion is needed .
They can’t be buying it for 2 million as it was up for sale last year for 4.5 million .

By Concerned