New homes for rough sleepers funded by music open

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Former rough sleepers in Nottingham are about to make their home in new accommodation named in honour of local businessmen whose vision provided the funds to make the building possible.

At a ceremony on Monday 22 April the block of eight purpose-built flats in Hyson Green was officially named Akins House after George and Sean Akins – the directors of Nottingham-based live music promoter DHP Family.

Beginning in 2018 they masterminded the development of Beat The Streets – the annual one-day music festival dedicated to raising funds to support work with local rough sleepers by the charity Framework. Funds raised from tickets, bar sales and merchandising at each festival have been used in a variety of ways to house and support rough sleepers.

The £89,500 raised at Beat The Streets in January 2023 was essential in enabling the £1.4m building project to go ahead: the money completed the funding required for the project at a time when prices were rising steeply. It was the first time that Beat The Streets funds had been used to support a capital project.

Work began on the building last summer and has recently been completed. The flats will be occupied in the coming days, offering

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