Happy third birthday Arlington!

    We are proud to be celebrating our third anniversary supporting homeless and other disadvantaged people in London to get back on track with their lives.

    We are proud to be celebrating our third anniversary supporting homeless and other disadvantaged people in London to get back on track with their lives.

    Residents and partners joined us for a birthday party in the customers’ lounge at Arlington to mark the special occasion on Monday 10 June.

    Arlington was re-launched in June 2010 after major investment and redevelopment by One Housing, making it the largest multi-purpose hostel in the UK. Since its re-launch, the scheme has provided clean and safe accommodation for 220 customers , keeping many away from a life on the streets. We have also supported 80 customers to move on successfully to more long-term accommodation.

    In addition to housing the homeless, the recent completion of our  nine new, studio flats  in May will help to provide much-needed low cost housing for employed people in Camden. Through Arlington’s employment academy and social economy partnerships, over 1,000 people have gained access to training and qualifications that enable them to look for employment opportunities.

    With a commitment to reducing the rate of homelessness and unemployment in London, our new charity Arlington Futures, launched in 2012, will raise funds  to ensure even more homeless and disadvantaged people in London will benefit from more accommodation, training and job opportunities. Not forgetting to mention, our state-of-the-art conference centre which continues to deliver an exceptional service to local businesses and charities in Camden and beyond, running over 650 events over the last three years. All profit made from the venue is re-invested into the vital work we do to tackle homelessness in London.

    Jason Pryce-Kennedy, Head of Homelessness, said: “Arlington’s unique model based on aspiration and enterprise means that we can help some of the most vulnerable in our community to progress onto brighter, stable futures through our partnerships with social and commercial businesses. We can provide our residents with meaningful employment and training opportunities in-house, on their doorstep.

    We are proud of our achievements over the last three years and are committed to supporting even more disadvantaged people to get back on track with their lives.”