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York Youth Homeless Hostel Celebrates Two Years of Success

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8:45am 23rd January 2014

Two young people who have been helped a homeless hostel in Acomb have spoken about how it's changed their lives.

19 year old Scott Lyons came to York from Harrogate a year ago after suffering from drug and mental health issues, since his time at Howe Hill Hostel he's now turned his life around and wants to go into counselling to help other people cope with problems he's been through himself.

Scott spoke to Minster FM's Kevin Larkin about how he ended up at Howe Hill and how he's turned his life round.

Samantha Bodden, who's 20, found herself homeless after family problems. She arrived at Howe Hill and was given advice on living by herself and got back into college and is now hoping to work with horses.

Sam also shared her story with our reporter Kevin.

Both Scott and Sam have now completed the programme at Howe Hill. Sam's been able to move on to new council run accommodation with less supervision so she can practice living more independently. But athough Scott is also ready to move out of Howe Hill, he can't because there are no spare rooms at the next stage of accommodation. Meanwhile, five or six people are waiting to get into Howe Hill but are being helped by other services in York.

Deputy Leader of York Council, Tracey Simpson-Laing, went along to mark Howe Hill's success. We asked her what could be done to get more space in the system and if it would be protected in the next round of council budget cuts.


Since Howe Hill Hostel opened in January 2012, it has helped 133 young people. 63 now have somewhere permanent to live, with 25 now renting for themselves. All of those who have been helped by Howe Hill and are now renting have managed to keep up with their rent. A further 124 young people who have found themselves homeless suddenly have been given emergency shelter at the hostel.

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