Supported housing provides residents with the opportunity to learn the necessary skills they need to move on in a planned way to independent living. Our accommodation generally comprises shared housing with communal facilities or self-contained bedsits/flats. On the whole, accessing supported housing depends on the area in which the individual lives. For many young people information and guidance is accessed via their local authority housing department and agencies such as Connexions or the Youth Service.
City YMCA, London operate a referral system for those currently residing in the London Borough of Islington, whereby individuals first have to register with THE SUPPORTING PEOPLE REFERRAL TEAM.
We offer support with housing benefit, income support and job seekers allowance. We provide an information, advice and guidance service referring young people to appropriate agencies to meet their support needs such as: Fairbridge, Connexions, Single Homeless Project, and Alone in London. In addition, we also run workshops to assist young people to develop the necessary skills to sustain a tenancy agreement and deal with neighbour disputes effectively.
We currently offer two blocks of accommodation:
Opened in Summer 2015 Monarch Court and offers 87 rooms to referred homeless young people from across London. The accommodation offers en-suite spacious bedrooms with communal kitchen facilities and a residents lounge.
Current Occupancy Rates: 98% with a waiting list in operation for referrals.
Our Errol Street accommodation has been meeting the needs of London's homeless young people for almost 40 years. Offering 114 bedrooms the accommodation offers shared bathrooms and a refectory offering breakfast and evening meals to all residents.
The hostel will be closed now through to the Summer of 2016 for complete demolition allowing City YMCA London to build a new, flagship hostel that will benefit 10,000 homeless young Londoners over the next six years.
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