Ben grew up in care and had no-one to turn to when he became homeless. Now, he has a home and family of his own.
For young people in Leicester facing homelessness, options are limited: the demand for affordable housing far outweighs supply and social housing is vastly oversubscribed.
Young people in this situation often turn to temporary or emergency accommodation. Yet a lack of stability means they can miss out on the chance to progress careers, start families and make a positive start to adult life.
LandAid gave a grant of £30,000 to Action Homeless, a local charity working with individuals and families affected by homelessness. The money, donated by Mace Foundation and Turley, will be used to bring one empty home back into use, creating accommodation for three young people every year.
Action Housing also provides volunteering opportunities for young people through their social enterprise, Action Trust. Having regular opportunities to work and gain experience helps young people affected by homelessness begin to take control of their lives.
The newly created home will give young people a sense of permanence and security that enables them to plan for the future. Safe accommodation, combined with light touch support from Action Homeless, will help them return to education, complete training or find paid work.
Having a longer-term home will also give them a better chance to participate in their community and repair relationships with their families which may have broken down as a result of homelessness.