£40k to help the home­less

Grant for char­ity that works to keep young peo­ple off streets

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A CHAR­ITY that helps young home­less peo­ple in Chiltern has been given a £40,000 cash boost.

Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil (CDC) has agreed to grant £40,000 in the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year to sup­port the work of the Che­sham-based Hous­ing In­ter­ac­tion Trust.

The char­ity pro­vides free help to young peo­ple aged 16 to 25 who are home­less or at risk of home­less­ness in the Chiltern Dis­trict area.

Last year, the trust saw a 45 per cent in­crease in peo­ple need­ing help, work­ing with 106 new clients, com­pared with 73 in 2013/14.

De­spite last year’s in­creased de­mand, no clients needed to make home­less­ness ap­pli­ca­tions to CDC, due to the char­ity’s suc­cess­ful work.

It is es­ti­mated that the cost to CDC of pro­vid­ing tem­po­rary bed and break­fast ac­com­mo­da­tion to the 106 young peo­ple the trust helped in 2014/15 would have been in ex­cess of £190,800.

The coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for health and hous­ing Coun­cil­lor Graham Harris said: “We’ve a statu­tory duty to se­cure free home­less­ness ad­vice and sup­port to any res­i­dent in the dis­trict who re­quires it. Con­tin­u­ing to as­sist the work of the Hous­ing In­ter­ac­tion Trust is a cost-ef­fec­tive way to reach younger peo­ple fac­ing a very un­cer­tain fu­ture, no doubt liv­ing un­der unimag­in­able stress.

“At fi­nances a time when

are sub­ject to more and more scru­tiny, we have to choose care­fully where our lim­ited re­sources go. This grant is an in­vest­ment for fu­ture out­comes – help­ing our more vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple avoid home­less­ness, I be­lieve, gives them a chance to ful­fil their po­ten­tial and have hap­pier, health­ier lives in the long-term.”

Man­ager of the trust He­len Ladom­matos said: “We’re de­lighted to hear that CDC has agreed to award us £40,000. The close part­ner­ship that HIT and CDC have forged over the years, to­gether with the grant, is in­valu­able to our work as a trust.

“We’re proud to be an in­te­gral com­po­nent of the lo­cal home­less­ness preven­tion pro­gramme; par­tic­u­larly at a time when both lo­cal and na­tional fig­ures in­di­cate a grow­ing need for such ser­vices. The grant al­lows us to con­tinue to pro­vide a full and high level of ser­vice to vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple, whilst giv­ing them the sup­port needed to reach their po­ten­tial and ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity as a whole.”

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