The Archbishop of Canterbury has dedicated a training room at Southend’s homeless charity HARP.
It is based in the new Bradbury centre the charity opened in March.
As well as a training room to help people get back on their feet, the centre offers 24-hour access to emergency accommodation and a day centre.
Among those the Archbishop met today was Heidi Simms, a former care worker who ended up on the streets in December.
She said, thanks to the charity, her life would soon be back on track.
Every year around 2000 people in the area need assistance with homeless issues.
Victoria Lampard reports.