COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Emmaus believes it can become model for sector services

A network of small community homelessness projects set up 10 years ago is targeting the Government in an attempt to expand its work around the country.

"We think the Emmaus model can become a vital element within a range of homelessness services,

said a spokeswoman for Emmaus UK, which co-ordinates the nine projects around the country.

The first independent audit of the organisation's impact was launched in report form at a day-long reception in the House of Commons last week.

The event attracted the interest of 30 MPs, as well as Louise Casey, head of the Homelessness Directorate, despite clashing with the fox-hunting debate.

The Emmaus ethos combines bed and board with a "tough love

policy which gets residents or "companions

to work for a variety of social enterprises such as repairing electrical goods. The aim is for each community eventually to become self-financing.

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