Fresh start awaits young homeless

Young homeless people are being given a ray of light thanks to a housing project.

Derbyshire Dales District Council has partnered up with Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) and Framework to set up its first dedicated Young Person’s supported housing project in Matlock.

The project will provide accommodation and support for 16 to 25 year olds who are homeless or are being threatened with homelessness.

The project has four fully furnished self contained flats in Matlock, which are complete with CCTV, communal laundry facilities and a communal garden, all owned by NCHA.

It will be staffed by an experienced team from Framework, who will provide support to ensure that tenants gain independence, life skills and employment or education opportunities.

NCHA’s Housing Manager, Carol Wright, said: “Working with Framework and DDDC we’ve been able to develop accommodation that will turn people’s lives around and give them the opportunity to make a better life for themselves.”

The district council had identified a lack of suitable accommodation for young people, and made investment a priority.

Leader of the council, Cllr Lewis Rose, said: “I am very pleased to see this refurbished property now ready for occupation by young people from the Derbyshire Dales.

“By transferring the property to our partners NCHA who funded the repairs, we have saved a significant amount of council money and helped to ensure that safe and secure accommodation is available for young people who would otherwise become homeless.

“The property is also within a conservation area and the repairs have helped to improve the street scene in this part of Matlock.”

“I am sure many young people now and in the future will benefit from this excellent new affordable housing.”