Semi-derelict Property Acquired for Renovation into Young People’s Accommodation

 

Local Solutions has acquired a semi-derelict property from Liverpool City Council that will be renovated and converted into three semi-independent flats for homeless young people. The property is located in the ‘Webster Triangle,’ close to the thriving Smithdown Road area of Liverpool. The property will be fully renovated with LandAid contributing £60,000 towards the costs.

This will be Local Solution’s first unit of semi-independent accommodation and will be a welcome addition to our other services for homeless young people. These include Homeground Hostel, a Young Person’s Hub, Sports Horizon, Supported Lodgings and Nightstop services and Floating support services. Once renovated, the properties will be offered to young people who need a ‘stepping stone’ between supported accommodation and independent living or for young people who are not suited to the accommodation that is currently available, due to their situations.

Having this semi-independent, steppingstone accommodation available to our young people will help us to extend the work of our mentoring, emergency accommodation and hub services and provide much needed access to safe, supportive, sustainable tenancies to those experiencing homelessness, moving on from care or in insecure, vulnerable or unsettled situations.

-Tom Harrison, Director of Programmes Local Solutions

Local Solutions has been working closely with LandAid over the last two years, as plans have been developed. LandAid provide grants to charities around the UK to provide accommodation for homeless young people.

‘LandAid is proud to support Local Solutions to create these new homes for young homeless people in Liverpool. LandAid has a history of funding the renovations of long-term empty properties, and with 200,000 across the country there is so much potential. These new semi-independent flats will create a vital stepping-stone for young people supported by Local Solutions – giving them the tools and support they need to go on to happy and fulfilling futures.’

-Paul Morrish, Chief Executive, LandAid 

The renovation work will start on the site in the next few weeks and we anticipate that the first young people will be able to move in November 2020. Many of the neighboring houses are being developed as part of Liverpool City Council’s famous ‘Pound House’ initiative, meaning that young people who move in will be part of a thriving new community. Each young person who is accommodated will receive practical and emotional support from a designated mentor, be able to access skills development programs and will be supported to engage with training and employment and with appropriate specialist agencies.

 

 

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