Young homeless people do not just lack accommodation – they can also find themselves missing out a sense of belonging, cut off from friends, family and their community. This in turn can lead to low self esteem, antisocial behaviour or mental health issues.
Hope into Action provides housing to young people at risk of homelessness and helps them join a stable friendly community by getting involved with their local church community or becoming volunteers. This, combined with support worker advice and counselling, helps them turn their lives around and enter training and employment.
We have funded Hope into Action’s ‘4 Homes for Young People’ project to refurbish four empty houses in four different locations: Peterborough, Lincoln, Ipswich and Wolverhampton. These will house between 16 and 20 young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Every house will be based in a pleasant neighbourhood and each tenant will have a bedroom as well as a shared kitchen and bathroom.
LandAid have also offered Hope into Action pro bono support with any legal and lease negotiation advice they may need for the empty properties being refurbished.
In each of the four cities, Hope into Action will draw on their established relationships with hostels, homeless organisations and other organisations for young people so that they can offer tenants the support they need.
Once the young people have been housed, they will be engaged in a programme of mentoring to identify their strengths and potential. They will also be given support to maintain their tenancy and make an active contribution to society, working alongside the support worker and trained volunteers from the local church.