EMERGENCY homeless accommodation in Kingston House in Tradeston is to close by September.

Some 24 beds will be lost in the process but are to be made up by upscaling of a rapid rehousing programme and putting resources into other emergency accommodation centres.

Glasgow City Council is leaning towards Housing First as a means of tackling the “revolving door” of homelessness.

Councillor Mhairi Hunter, chairwoman of Glasgow’s Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “The closure of Clyde Place coincides with a move to the Housing First approach to tackling homelessness.

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“This is a move away from hostel accommodation to providing tenancies and supporting people with complex needs to keep their new homes.

“This aims to end the revolving door of people who become repeatedly homeless, because they have problems dealing with household issues like handling bills and liaising with utility companies.”

Clyde Place Emergency Accommodation and Assessment Service in Kingston House is expected to close in mid-September.

The façade of the listed building will be at the centre of the new mixed use Buchanan Wharf development on Tradeston’s water front.

Councillors on the Contracts and Property Committee will be asked to formally agree the changes to the homeless services on Thursday.

Salvation Army will get £805,814 for running the new rapid rehousing programme and a one off £38,000 for setting up a new base of operations.

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A total of £112,661 per year to go to Salvation Army’s Wallace of Campsie centre on E Campbell Street to hire new staff.

The council and Scottish Government will cover the costs of reprovisioning the 30 beds lost at Clyde Place to a centre in Rodney Street also run by the Salvation Army.

Ms Hunter added: “We are delighted to work with partners including Social Bite, the Wheatley Group and the Salvation Army to deliver Housing First.

“Via these partnerships, the 54 beds at Clyde Place will be replaced by a combination of new homes and 30 emergency homelessness beds for the most vulnerable clients at Rodney Street.”

Malcolm Page, The Salvation Army’s Assistant Territorial Director of Homelessness Services praised Housing First.

He said: “Housing First is a well evidenced approach to tackling homelessness, as a trusted provider of services, we welcome and fully embrace this opportunity to remodel our current service provision and work in partnership with Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) to meet the needs of individuals with complex needs who have experienced repeat homelessness.”