We've funded accommodation for 18 young people who are employed yet cannot afford local rents
In 2016, LandAid and Shaftesbury awarded a grant to YMCA North Tyneside, a charity helping young people who are homeless, including care leavers and ex offenders, to make an active contribution to their community.
The grant helped fund the YMCA's ‘Safe, Secure and Suitable Accommodation’ project in North Shields, which converted a terrace of six flats into nine self-contained units. The tenants participated in working on the properties they now live in, gaining valuable skills and experience.
LandAid also arranged for YMCA North Tyneside to get free property advice from Bilfinger GVA, who reviewed the charity's current and potential property developments and opportunities.
The project enabled the YMCA to get more young people into training and work experience, helping them to move from benefits into employment.
The properties are located on a shopping street, 400m from the YMCA's premises in North Shields, giving the young tenants easy access to advice, training and education as well as facilities including a communal laundry and a gym.