Edinburgh’s Old Waverley Hotel on Princes Street has been transformed into a care shelter under a new initiative by national homelessness charity, Bethany Christian Trust and the City of Edinburgh Council, who have partnered in providing further hotel accommodation and specialised support for rough sleepers in the city.

The charity’s Care Shelter team of 14 professional support staff have also relocated to the hotel, and council staff are joining the team during daytime hours to provide advice, support and options for guests in this new environment.

So far the Care Shelter has provided 10,000 bed spaces to 730 individuals over 200 nights, and can now also offer self-contained en-suite accommodation to men and women who save them from further suffering on the streets.

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