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More room for homeless young people as Network Homes expands Project Vista

The partners behind a youth homelessness project in London have announced they intend to expand it with further accommodation for young people.

Network Homes’ and New Hew Horizon Youth Centre’s Project Vista provides support for 16-21 year olds across London who have been homeless.

The former organisation is providing two additional flats with five bedrooms in Islington for homeless young people. This follows two already established flats and brings the total number of young people who can benefit from these homes to 20.

New Horizon Youth Centre provides holistic support to homeless young people  who may have suffered from a family breakdown or domestic abuse. Network Homes partnered with the charity last year to provide accommodation for homeless young people on low wages or ready to move into employment through New Horizon Youth Centre’s Employment, Education and Training Programme.

Project Vista rooms are managed by and allocated to young people by New Horizon Youth Centre and individuals are able to live in the property for one year, after which the charity helps them move on to the private rented sector.

The decision to expand Project Vista follows a successful first phase which saw all residents take on extra work hours, accept promotions, maintain or take jobs they would otherwise have lost due to not having permanent place to live. The stability has also helped residents save for a deposit and develop independent living skills.

Helen Evans, chief executive of Network Homes, said: “Helping to tackle homelessness is a big part of what we do at Network Homes so we are excited to be expanding our partnership with the New Horizon Youth Centre. We are committed to our social purpose and helping those who are affected by the housing crisis so it’s great to be able to play our part in providing homes for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

New Horizon Youth Centre chief executive Shelagh O’Connor added: “The partnership between New Horizon Youth Centre and Network Homes is an exciting and innovative model providing suitable accommodation and targeted support for young people in housing need. Project Vista further enables New Horizon Youth Centre to achieve our mission of giving young people the stable accommodation they need to start to build a positive future through employment, work opportunities or study.”

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