Residents move into new Thames Reach hostel
Martha Jones House opens in Vauxhall
Martha Jones House is Thames Reach’s new largest hostel for rough sleepers, housing up to 50 residents in Vauxhall.
The building replaces Graham House – Thames Reach’s former largest hostel which housed up to 69 residents.
A total of 43 residents have moved across from Graham House to Martha Jones House where they will continue receiving help and support towards independent living for their short-term stay.
The new hostel offers a mixed range of larger bed spaces and self-contained flats complete with kitchen space and washroom facilities.
It also has an IT suite, a small outdoor area, communal space, a staff kitchen and shower room and a large kitchen/dining area where residents are provided with one hot meal a day – encouraging residents to become more self-reliant and independent.
Monica Geraghty, lead manager at Martha Jones House, said:
“The transition from Graham House to Martha Jones House went really well, and all residents have now moved in.
“The building looks extremely different to Graham House with much more space, and has been developed to a very high and sustainable specification.
“The ultimate aim for our residents is for them to move away from homelessness and move on to lead a fulfilling life, and the new hostel encourages self-sufficiency and development in a nice comfortable setting,” she said.
The new building accepts pets and allows people with complex needs including drug and alcohol problems, poor mental health and challenging behaviour to stay for up to nine months.