Former Stoke City manager, Lou Macari and Lord Mayor, Cllr Jean Bowers opened The Macari Centre for the homeless on Tuesday the 2nd February.
Lou has been heavily involved in the project, which will operate on a two-month trial period, as an enhancement to existing provision for homeless people.
Lou said: “I’m very pleased and I would like to thank the city council for responding to the need and acting as quickly as possible.
“No-one should be sleeping on the streets or under bridges in this day and age. The very least anyone should have is a roof over their head.”
Councillor Dave Conway, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “It is fantastic news that this shelter is now open. We have worked hard with our partners to make sure the wellbeing of some of most vulnerable people in the city remains one of our key priorities.”
SCOBA would like to congratulate Lou on all the hard work and commitment he has put into this project.