We've funded accommodation for 18 young people who are employed yet cannot afford local rents
Grant funding from LandAid, Palmer Capital and Carter Jonas (raised from their Yorkshire Pedalthon) enabled Canopy Housing to turn three empty properties in inner city areas of Leeds into decent affordable housing for six young people who are currently homeless, or at risk of becoming so.
The young people participated in painting, decorating and furnishing their new homes - a self-help principle which ensures the tenants feel a sense of ownership and learn practical skills.
These three houses are now complete and part of a total of 10 empty properties that Canopy plan to renovate over the next two years. As well as protecting young people from homelessness, the project will give young people valuable work experience to enable them to find skilled employment in the future.
Canopy have focussed the project on two inner city areas, Harehills in East Leeds and Holbeck in South Leeds, in order to maximise the social, environmental and economic benefits that it will bring to local people.