Our first Community Housing Project opened its doors in March 2010 in the heart of central Grimsby.
A magnificent five-bedroom Victorian property, the house provides supported accommodation for young males aged 18-25.
The house is fully compliant with all fire, electric and safety requirements and the large rooms’ unique features provide an outstanding springboard for young people to further progress in their lives prior to fully independent living.
The housing model is different to our other housing projects as the onus is more on young people to develop their own opportunities and there have been numerous positive success stories since its inception.
The five clients each work through detailed support plans and accredited modular work that fully equips them for sustaining a tenancy and developing life skills.
The mix and balance of young people will be carefully managed to ensure everyone in the project has the best possible chance of further progress and success in their life.
One of YMCA Humber’s main aims is to ‘Transform Young Lives’ and the Community Housing Project offers a great example of the work we do with making positive changes to young people’s lives.
Our careful selection criteria ensures that we are able to help those young people who are serious about improving their skills through training, undertaking education and seeking out employment and volunteering opportunities.
On average, young people spend five months in our Community Housing Project before being able to move on into their own independent accommodation.
The full range of support we provide in our Community Housing Project has enabled young people to progress from holding few qualifications to earning a place in university by the time they move-on into independent living.
The five-bedroom house boasts a wide range of facilities, which enables our young people to develop and progress during their stay.
A fully furnished lounge allows time for relaxation and developing relationships with other young people and also as a positive environment for key-working sessions.
The kitchen allows young people to develop important life skills and there is computer and internet access, which enables contact with friends and family, as well as the opportunity to search and apply for employment and training.
Investment in the Community House represents value for money. In 2013 an independent report was commissioned to look at what the key to the success outcomes being achieved in the house it concluded that every £1 invested yielded a SRI of £3.25.
Minimum residency is four months and residents leave equipped for independent living and are in employment, education or training or actively seeking employment. In the first three years of the project, 52 residents have been supported, 90% are no longer involved in any offending behaviour. In addition, 33 of those clients have moved on to and maintained independent living and 17 have found shared accommodation or moved back and formed more stronger, open relationships with their families. This is a huge step for them as they often become estranged from family because of their offending, and people with this chaotic lifestyle are usually unable to maintain long-term accommodation, often leaving arrears or vandalising property, gradually spiralling back down to rough sleeping and an anti-social or criminal lifestyle.