'Fans have heaped praise on English Premier League club Crystal Palace, who have made the heartwarming gesture of offering beds, hot meals and and breakfast to rough sleepers in the club lounge at their home Selhurst Park stadium.
With temperatures forecast to plunge below freezing in the English capital in the coming week, Palace, who are based in South London, will accommodate up to 10 homeless people in the lounge with camp beds and provide them with free food.
The club is working on the initiative with the local Croydon Council and opened its doors on Thursday to bring eight people off the streets.
? Crystal Palace are set to shelter the homeless at Selhurst Park when temperatures drop below freezing
A truly brilliant gesture from the club, let's hope more clubs get involved... pic.twitter.com/8lGP478GaO
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) January 18, 2019
Homelessness in London has reached record lev'Force for good': Premier League club to shelter homeless at stadium in freezing temperaturesels, with over 3,000 people sleeping rough in the city at the end of last year, and Palace Chief Executive Phil Alexander said the move was a "force for the good in the community".
“We are delighted to be collaborating with Croydon Council and their partner agencies to ensure that rough sleepers can find an emergency shelter in the event of severe winter weather,” Alexander said, Sky Sports reported.'
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