Latch is an innovative homelessness charity that is leading the way in bringing empty street properties back into use to help tackle homelessness. Converting empty properties into homes reduces blight in local communities, trains unemployed people in construction skills, gives excellent value for money and offers a solution to the soaring levels of youth homelessness.
We’ve allocated Latch a grant of £100,000 to help fund building work for its new project, ‘Creating Homes from Empty Properties’. The new project involves converting a large empty commercial or community property into eight self-contained flats for young people who are homeless.
Once the property is fully modernised and furnished it will provide eight young people with a home of their own, a place where they can begin to make a positive change in their lives.
Prospective tenants will be able to volunteer on the building site and gain on-the-job training in joinery, plastering and decoration. This will give them valuable skills and confidence while undertaking accredited training to prepare them for the future.