Young people in Redcar and Cleveland suffer from a lack of housing options, which when coupled with high unemployment and low wages, puts them at a higher risk of homelessness.
The East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust is working to prevent homelessness by providing affordable housing to young people and training young unemployed people in construction at the same time.
LandAid has funded East Cleveland's innovative project to convert empty properties into affordable housing. Local young people assisted in the renovation work and gained construction qualifications in the process. The finished result has created affordable accommodation for 4-6 people each year.
This project has supported young people at risk of homelessness in different ways, providing them not only with a place to live but opportunities to improve their circumstances. Around 60 young people had the opportunity to work on the project and gain construction experience which counted towards qualifications at a local college.