SALISBURY-based charity Alabaré has announced the opening of a new home in its provision of accommodation for homeless veterans.

The property, which is the 25th house in its Homes for Veterans portfolio and is conveniently situated on the outskirts of Salisbury city centre, will provide a place for up to six veterans to call home. It has been named Peter House in memory of an Alabaré veteran who passed away earlier in the year.

ALAPETHOU2Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans initiative covers the south and south west England and Wales and its current properties are located in Plymouth, Weymouth, Salisbury, Gosport, Fareham, Bristol, Gloucester, Pontypridd, Cardiff, Carmarthen and Colwyn Bay.

In total, 111 bed-spaces are available to ex-military who have become homeless or at severe risk of becoming homeless. Because of its strategic location to several military bases, the accommodation in Salisbury is in demand.

The homes provide a safe environment in which the veterans can rebuild confidence and focus on their future. With help from Alabaré’s trained support staff, residents can address any underlying issues that have contributed to them becoming homeless, including financial debt, addiction, mental health problems or relationship breakdowns.

Mike Hibberd, care and support manager for veterans, said: “The first residents have already moved into the house and are benefiting from our support.

“The sad fact is the home will soon be fully occupied. As welfare reforms take hold, our former Servicemen and women are not immune to falling on hard times and finding themselves at crisis point.”

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