Statistics about young people leaving care make depressing reading. Whilst many go on to realise positive futures, some continue to struggle for years. They are more likely than non-care leavers to be unemployed, homeless and in prison.
We're proud to have awarded £105,000 to Habitat for Humanity Homes to provide much-needed accommodation for young people leaving care in Barking. The grant will help bring an empty property above a shop into use as a shared house for 3-4 young people. And during the renovation process, young unemployed people in the area will be trained in construction skills.
The majority of the grant (£80,000) has been kindly provided by developers SEGRO who have been investing in the borough of Barking and Dagenham for several years.
We've also arranged free planning and architectural advice for the project which will be provided by CBRE.
The project will help address a critical need for accommodation in the capital and give young people leaving care a safe and suitable place to live that will help them make a positive transition into adulthood.