Young and Homeless
We teamed up with Comic Relief to fund Homeless Link's sixth Young and Homeless study
LandAid and Bericote, as well as Bericote's local Wolverhampton contacts, Gestamp and Readie, are funding Hope into Action to refurbish five empty houses in four different locations: Norwich, Cambridge, Haywards Heath and Wolverhampton. These will house between 16 and 20 young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Every house will be based in a pleasant neighbourhood and each tenant will have a bedroom as well as a shared kitchen and bathroom.
LandAid have also offered Hope into Action pro bono support with any legal and lease negotiation advice they may need for the empty properties being refurbished.
In 2017, Hope into Action won the Guardian public service award for best housing charity in the country.
In each of the four cities, Hope into Action will draw on their established relationships with hostels, homeless organisations and other organisations for young people so that they can offer tenants the support they need.
Once the young people have been housed, they will be engaged in a programme of mentoring to identify their strengths and potential. They will also be given support to maintain their tenancy and make an active contribution to society, working alongside the support worker and trained volunteers from the local church.