The Cotton Street Project: Rebuilding Lives in Liverpool

A unique homeless shelter with a long-term initiative

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Following the closure of Kingsway House shelter in early 2018, Lawrence Kenwright and the Signature Living team have remained committed to Liverpool’s homeless community.

Serving as a long-term solution, The Cotton Street Project aims to address every complex issue, from mental health and addiction to the personal struggles of our homeless friends, providing ongoing support.


Brian was down on his luck and sleeping rough in Liverpool. Lawrence was a successful hotelier and property developer. David was a self-proclaimed hippy in a dead-end job. Together they formed an unlikely alliance and created a homeless shelter like no other. This is the story of Kingsway House.

Through the homeless shelter, I want local people to come together and work as a community by volunteering at the shelter to ensure nobody in Liverpool spends a night on the streets.

Lawrence Kenwright


Cotton Street is the first of its kind. A place of comfort, care and productivity, the shelter incorporates unique accommodation, social activities, café facilities, skills workshops and professional support.

Offering the chance to make life-changing connections, Cotton Street is designed to bring people together. Our social recovery programme is a deliverable pathway, getting guests back on their feet to return to society.

  • 12 warm sleeping cabins
  • Hot and cold food options
  • Training and skills workshops
  • Sociable recreational area
  • Nurturing and friendship
  • Wash facilities and toilets
  • 24-hour access to the site
  • CCTV security monitoring
  • Professional health/job support
  • Drop-in overnight crash centre

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Over the last couple of years, Liverpool has seen a sharp incline in the amount of homeless people who are sleeping in the doorways of our city. In October 2018, Signature Living launched The Cotton Street Project, opening the doors to a new homeless shelter designed with a difference.


With the help of the NHS, Merseycare, council officials, agencies and the people of Liverpool, we’re stronger together, and can really make a difference.

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Our long-term goal is to eradicate homelessness in Liverpool – but this can only be achieved by working together!

We’d love to have you on board to help us make a difference. Please tick the boxes that apply to you and complete the notes section with relevant skills, experience or expertise.