Capital grants have been awarded to YMCA East Surrey and Centrepoint, creating a total of 7 bedspaces for young people experiencing homelessness, with a further award going to St Basil’s in Birmingham to support their Youth Voice initiative.
See below for further information on the newly awarded projects:
YMCA East Surrey
This grant will fund the refurbishment of a newly purchased 6-bed house in Redhill. Many young people staying at YMCA Hillbrook House, in Redhill, who became homeless after experiencing significant trauma are not ready to move from supported accommodation after 2 years there. This house will provide high-quality and affordable move-on accommodation for those who still have some support needs.
Funds awarded: £75,000-£127,377
Centrepoint are creating over 300 affordable accommodation units in London and Greater Manchester by 2026 – 2 cities where young people are facing the greatest barriers to entering private rented or council accommodation. This grant will support the provision of move-on accommodation in these units. Rents are capped at one third of a young person’s salary, with every young person accessing the accommodation in full-time employment or studying for an apprenticeship. This project is funded in collaboration with StreetSmart.
Funds awarded: £84,030
LandAid is delighted to be working with the Berkeley Foundation to fund and re-launch the Youth Voice project. Youth Voice provides an opportunity and platform for young people aged 16-25 who have experienced homelessness, to share their experiences and recommendations to support and bring about change in the UK. LandAid are supporting the Youth Voice project over the next 2 years, allowing St Basil’s to set up a Youth Voice Advisory Board and resident representatives across the network in Year 1. In Year 2 the aim is to rebuild the national youth voice network, culminating in an annual event to showcase a report outlining Recommendations for Change.
The young people on the project will also have the opportunity to engage with LandAid and its work. As well as the Berkeley Foundation, this project will also be funded in collaboration with StreetSmart.
Funds awarded: £38,161 x 2 years
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