Across the country youth homelessness is rising. Thousands of young people each year find themselves without a roof over their heads. Thousands more are struggling to pay market rents, or to afford to pay big deposits and letting agents fees. More affordable accommodation is needed.
At LandAid we have a firm belief in business for good, and we know that many businesses can and want to help in their local communities in other ways apart from the traditional way of giving money. And that’s where Community Investment Projects come in.
Click below to read about our first Community Investment Project in Bristol: East Street Mews.
East Street Mews is a ground-breaking initiative that will create 11 contemporary apartments to provide much-needed affordable housing for young homeless people in Bristol. The property on Bedminster Parade has been empty for many years and needs significant restoration and improvement.
An innovative team - led by LandAid’s South West Board’s Chair Gavin Bridge of Cubex - of local businesses, charities and property experts with support from Bristol City Council are all working together free of charge on East Street Mews. The project has now received planning permission and work will soon start on site. The first residents will be welcomed into their new homes in 2019.
When complete, the apartments will be offered at low rent levels set according to an amount young homeless people can afford to pay. East Street Mews will provide a solid foundation on which its residents can move on to the next stage of their lives in education or employment.
The apartments at East Street Mews will be managed by a local charity Developing Health & Independence (DHI) which runs innovative services to help disadvantaged people turn their lives around.
The ground floor of the property will include space for local businesses and provide employment opportunities for residents and the local community alike.
If you want to find out more about the East Street Mews project you can visit their website here.
Interested in doing a project like this yourself? Contact Paul Morrish for more details.