£40k to help the homeless
Grant for charity that works to keep young people off streets
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.”