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Helping the homeless in York


12:01am 23rd January 2012

A new specialist service for supporting York's homeless young people into work and preparing them for independent living has opened today (23rd January 2012).

City of York Council's Housing and Children's Social Care Services have adapted an existing hostel in Acomb. From it they will provide expert support for young people aged 16-21 who are vulnerable and homeless so they can begin to build their lives and find work as well as manage a home of their own.

The service will incorporate a wide-ranging educational programme, concentrating on helping prepare them to take on and maintain their own tenancy. In addition, the service's training will include independent living skills, preparing for work, budgeting and cooking, as well as sessions on sexual health and personal relationships.

Staffing will be around the clock and the council's Pathway Team have re-located to the building. Other council services will also use the refurbished centre to run advice sessions and council partner York College will run a foundation educational programme from the hostel to encourage the young people back into education and training.

Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing, Cabinet member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Services said:

"It is a vital we support young people who are finding that starting out in York can be difficult in these challenging times. This project will help ensure that these young people get the support they need to manage successful tenancies, find work and lead healthier lives."

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