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Salvation Army loses contract for James Lee House
9:30am Friday 29th June 2012 in News
JAMES Lee House will no longer be run by the Salvation Army.
The charity lost out to Brighter Futures after it tendered to carry on running the centre when its current contract with Warrington Borough Council runs out on July 31.
For more than 25 years the 54-bed Brick Street hostel has been run by the charity offering accommodation for up to two years while residents are given help to become independent and move into their own home.
A Salvation Army spokesman said: “The needs of the community and long-term plans are being considered as a priority for us.
“Our church has served the Warrington community for almost 130 years and we are determined to keep meeting the needs of Warrington, especially during such tough economic times.”
The new contract was agreed by the council’s executive board at a meeting in May.
A council spokesman said: “The council is committed to working with all organisations to address the issue of homelessness in Warrington. “There is a clear commitment to continue funding at the existing level for the supported accommodation service provided at James Lee House.
“A formal tender exercise to manage and deliver services at James Lee House.
“Based on price, quality and overall service, this exercise identified an alternative provider as being best placed to deliver the service.”