We're pleased to announce that we have entered into an agreement with youth homelessness charity New Horizon to provide temporary accommodation in East London for three years.
The agreement will see Network Homes rent two flats containing four en-suite rooms each, to New Horizon, a charity that boasts broadcaster and journalist Jon Snow, of Channel Four News fame, as its patron. The rooms will be allocated to tenants by the charity and individuals will be able to live in the properties for a maximum of 12 months.
During their stay New Horizon will provide each young person with a variety of support including life skills and access to employment training. They will be expected to move into permanent accommodation at the end of the 12 month period, allowing the rooms to be offered to new people.
Helen Evans, Chief Executive, Network Homes, said:
“Both our organisations are really excited about this new venture and are hoping it will be a success and help the charity grow further. There has been huge pressure and an increase of people out on the street due to the reduction in hostel accommodation.
“Network is the first housing association that New Horizon has worked with directly, and this is a really crucial step for both the charity and the young people they work with because it is a guarantee of good quality accommodation.”
Nick Hardwick, New Horizon Chair, said:
"A safe place to live is the crucial platform from which the young people we work with can launch their adult lives. It is great to be working in partnership with Network Homes to do something practical to help some of the young people we work with to beat the youth homelessness crisis".
The flats are based in Homerton, Hackney. One became available on 1 May and the second will be ready from 1 June.