East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust was set up in 2000 to address the issue of homelessness and 'sofa surfing' in East Cleveland amongst young people aged 16 to 24. It also aims to address skills shortages in the building trade in the area.
It achieves this by purchasing run down properties in the villages of East Cleveland. The properties are renovated, providing training opportunities for young people and bringing empty properties back into use. Once complete, the houses are rented to young people aged 18 to 24 in need of an affordable home, who are offered ongoing support to manage their tenancy.
The young people working on each property gain building skills and accreditation in a real working environment.
East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust was awarded a grant of £34,900 towards the salaries of a Tenancy Support Worker and a second Site Supervisor to ensure that the young people have the support they need long-term.
Jon, a tenant of East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust, recently lost his job and was extremely worried about losing his home too. The Trust helped Jon apply for benefits and helped him access a local food-bank. With his immediate needs taken care of, Jon was able to concentrate on upgrading his CV and searching for a new job. The Tenancy Support Officer found Jon a training course to improve his skills and his chances of employment while Jon completed a volunteer placement improving his confidence. Just ten weeks later Jon has found a new job.
You can find out more about East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust via their website.