Mark left home because of his mum's mental health issues, but is now a support worker and can help her.
Following government cuts to young people's benefits, demand for supported housing in Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Teesside is on the rise. Affordable housing and access to work are essential if vulnerable young people are to achieve successful futures.
We gave local charity Community Campus 87 a grant of £75,000 to convert two empty properties in Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Teesside into homes for young people at risk of becoming homeless. The young tenants will receive support from the charity including personal development plans and opportunities to travel and experience life outside of Teesside.
Almost half of the funding and an additional £20,000 from British Land will help pay the salaries of supervisors up until September 2017. The supervisors will train apprentices and volunteers in construction skills during the renovation of the empty properties.
We also recruited Lacey + Saltykov Architects to give free design advice to Community Campus to help the charity create new-build housing on empty land.
The two houses are now complete, providing a home and much-need support for four young people who would otherwise be homeless. Brad, a former tenant with Community Campus told us that the charity has been like a family to him: "I can go to the office whenever there's a problem or to do activities like cooking. I can go there if I need someone to talk to and I have good relationships with everyone."