Community Campus is a community based housing and support service for young people in housing need. It was formed in 1987 by a group of housing advice workers concerned by the deepening housing crisis in Teesside.
The scheme initially developed in Middlesbrough and now runs services and accommodation in Hartlepool, Stockton, Redcar as well as Middlesbrough.
Community Campus have built a property portfolio by refurbishing derelict properties and, in the process, provide training to some of the young people it houses. They now have the capacity to house 100 clients across a series of supported projects and services. They provide young people with a valuable stepping stone, enabling them to live in suitable, safe accommodation and to undertake education and training. All of this support will help young people to move towards independent living.
The Foundation has awarded Community Campus a grant of £39,510. This will enable them to employ a worker to secure accommodation for young people who have been supported by Community Campus to move into once they are ready for independence. In addition they will provide ongoing support to help them manage a tenancy. This will include an understanding of tenancy issues and help with the practicalities of furnishing a home and setting up utilities.
Carl Ditchburn, CEO of Community Campus, said;
“The grant to fund the move on service will add value to our existing range of services and help more people in housing need to access and sustain tenancies – we are so grateful for this investment in our organisation to help us work with some of the most vulnerable in our community.”