There are about 200,000 long-term empty homes in England alone. This is a scandal at a time of massive housing need and chronic affordability problems.
To go some way to address this need, this week, to coincide with the property industry's efforts on LandAid Day and to inspire our incredible supporters on to ever more dazzling and extraordinary feats of fundraising, we have launched a new £1 million grant funding opportunity - the LandAid Empty Properties Funding Programme - to fund work across the UK which turns empty properties into supported accommodation for young people who are at severe risk of becoming homeless.
These projects are effective in providing a safe place to live for vulnerable young people, and some also offer volunteering and construction training opportunities during the renovation work itself.
We are inviting applications from organisations with experience of turning empty properties into safe, decent homes for people in housing need, and making them available at a rate they can afford. Organisations can apply via our website. For examples of previous empty homes projects funded by LandAid please see the following: East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust, Goodwin Development Trust and Ashley Foundation.
Deadline for submissions is 10am on Monday 16 November 2015.