When young people move out of supported accommodation the leap to independent living can be tough. A new project in the north west of England is converting a former sheltered housing block for elderly people into managed accommodation for young adults, while also improving its thermal efficiency
Young people can find themselves homeless or in housing need for many reasons. In the UK, once they are 16 years old they are often placed in managed rented accommodation. But these units – often small flats with communal kitchens and living rooms, and private bedrooms – are not permanent solutions.
Moving on from such accommodation to living independently can be hard. In Salford, a city in Greater Manchester, in North West England, one social housing provider, Salix Homes, is creating affordable rental flats to help manage this transition. They will allow young adults to get use to living independently, but with support available if needed.
Salford suffers from high levels of poverty. According to government rankings it is the 16 most deprived area in England, and at 7% unemployment is higher than the UK average (5%).
The area is, however, undergoing a major regeneration. The BBC has moved a large proportion of its operations to the £550 million MediaCityUK development at Salford Quays and a new inland port, which should bring around 3,000 jobs to the city, is being built. There is also ongoing infrastructure development, regeneration of key urban areas and new housing being built.
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24 January 2017
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 646511