The number of young people who are homeless in London has more than doubled since 2011. It's a crisis we're here to tackle. And we need your help.
On 1 March 2017, LandAid launched an appeal to raise at least £1.5m to help create a pioneering building near Old Street to provide 146 bedrooms for young people at risk of becoming homeless.
Four years on, LandAid’s first flagship development is nearly ready to open its doors and become a home to homeless young Londoners.
LandAid House will offer a safe place to live as well as advice on housing, education, training and well-being, a two-year move-on programme designed to develop the skills needed to live independently, and dedicated project workers to offer 121 guidance and support.
LandAid House is built on the site of its 1980’s predecessor on Errol Street. The dark and institutional building had small bedrooms, no outdoor space, and no resident kitchens, meaning none of the young people could learn to cook.
The new building will provide clusters of studio flats around kitchen and living areas. Crucially, as residents become more confident, they can move internally to more self-contained accommodation.
The hostel is owned and run by the impressive City YMCA, London, a charity that’s supported well-over 30,000 isolated and homeless young people since it was first set up over 40 years ago.