Further to the article printed in the Whitehaven News, I have replied with the following;
"I would like to say the following about the referrals.
Referrals for the Project will mainly be directed from Copeland and Allerdale's Homelessness Department. These will be people who are not entitled to temporary accommodation as they are not deemed "priority need" for whatever reason. Any referral will be police checked and tested for alcohol and substances on arrival and no-one under the influence will be permitted to enter.
Referrals from prison will only be accepted if the resident is deemed to be low risk and has a local connection with a recommendation that our project would be suitable for them. Prisons house prisoners. We provide accommodation for people.
Our Project is short term support to help people who fall on hard times to get back on their feet. Anyone who is in need of long term support will be referred on to the appropriate agency.
Referrals made from the village of Distington would be our priority.
I would ask anyone who has any concerns to contact me as I am happy to meet up to discuss and worries anyone may have.
Please email me or call me and I will make contact."