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More help for young homeless in Richmond
2:37pm Tuesday 9th October 2012 in News
EIGHT flats for young people in Richmondshire have been officially opened as part of North Yorkshire’s celebration of Rural Housing Week.
Castle Mews – a block of eight self-contained units in Richmond Market Place - is the latest addition to the YMCA facilities in the town.
The organisation provides supported accommodation for 16 to 25 year olds who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless - acting as a stepping stone for them to eventually live independently.
The £550,000 project saw old buildings demolished and replaced with modern, efficient homes – each with their own front door and the added security of someone on hand to help.
They were built thanks to funding from the Homes and Communities Agency, North Yorkshire County Council and Broadacres Housing Association, with support from Richmondshire District Council.
YMCA chief executive Ken Allinson said: “These new units are making a big difference to the service we can provide for young people in Richmondshire.
“They provide them with the first steps towards independent living – and are invaluable in a rural area like this district.”