North Tyneside holds some of the most deprived areas in the country. Safe and suitable accommodation for young people is lacking and the number of young people facing homelessness is rising. The Government's proposals to reform benefits are expected to make things worse for this particularly vulnerable group.
In 2016 LandAid awarded a grant to YMCA North Tyneside, a charity helping young people who are homeless, including care leavers and ex offenders, to make an active contribution to their community.
The grant will help fund the YMCA's ‘Safe, Secure and Suitable Accommodation’ project in North Shields, which will convert a terrace of nine empty flats into self-contained flats for young people. The future tenants will participate in working on the properties they will live in, gaining valuable skills and experience.
LandAid has also arranged for YMCA North Tyneside to get free property advice from Bilfinger GVA, who will review the charity's current and potential property developments and opportunities.
The project will enable the YMCA to get more young people into training and work experience, enabling them to move from benefits into employment.
The properties are located on a shopping street, 400m from the YMCA's premises in North Shields, giving the young tenants easy access to advice, training and education as well as facilities including a communal laundry and a gym.