place on the site at Conduit Street today.
The project was launched by Roger Blackmore, leader of Leicester City
The MDC is being developed by the city council and its partners Leicester
East PCT, Leicestershire Partnership Trust and the YMCA in response to the
demand for a 'one stop shop' for services for homeless people.
The project also recognises the increasing inadequacy of the council's
existing night shelter on New Walk to meet the needs of people with mobility
The MDC will assist homeless and vulnerable people, many of whom face
persistent health challenges and multiple barriers to housing stability.
Services available at the MDC will include health, housing, education,
social services and benefits advice.
Dr Nigel Hewitt, who will be running the primary care health services says:
'I'm delighted that work on the MDC is now going ahead. It is another
example of the close working relationship between health, housing and other
voluntary sectors. This facility will enable myself and other health
practitioners to deliver excellence in health provision that will benefit
homeless people in Leicester.'
The centre will have 42 single bedrooms, with day centre services including
life skills such as cooking on a budget and IT training. There will also
be a fully equipped doctor--s surgery, and kennel facilities for clients'
There has already been work to improve lighting and security in the area of
the MDC, with additional street lighting and CCTV cameras.
Mr Blackmore said: 'This new, purpose built centre is a pioneering
development that highlights Leicester's position as a leading authority for
tackling homelessness issues. The new centre will provide residents and day
visitors with dedicated support from a number of agencies and help to
challenge the real issues surrounding homelessness and social exclusion.'
A spokesperson from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister said: 'We are
delighted to be Leicester City Council's partner in the development of this
new and exciting project.
'Leicester has already achieved a great deal in providing help for those
people who find themselves homeless and the project at Conduit Street is
another step forward.
'The homeless deserve high quality services and support if they are to
overcome their problems. Leicester City Council is to be congratulated on
its vision for a one stop shop.'