Cllr Susan Hall, Leader of Harrow Council, visited a new shared house for single young homeless people, owned and managed by Harrow Churches Housing Association (HCHA) who celebrate their 50th anniversary this year.
During her visit, Cllr Hall took a brief guided tour of the premises and met support staff and talked to eight young people about their aspirations and getting into work. She also had time for coffee and to cut a birthday cake to mark the anniversary of the housing association.
Cllr Hall said, ‘I’m thoroughly impressed by what I’ve seen, clearly there’s a massive need for homes like this. The more hope we can give youngsters for their future the more we can support people into work, and into having a fulfilling life, the better. It’s essential that young people can achieve their dreams and that they know where they’re going, and we’ve got to do everything we can to help.’
HCHA Young Persons’ Service Manager, Ophelia Comrie said, ‘HCHA has been providing shared accommodation and support to vulnerable young people aged 18-24. We have provided housing support to 827 young people living in our nine properties located in the borough of Harrow. We are pleased to invite Cllr Hall to see our newest house and meet some of our young residents.’
HCHA Young Persons’ Project Coordinator, Sheetal Patwa said, ‘ We provide housing combined with training and personal development as we recognise that homelessness is not just a housing issue, we need to understand and address the reasons behind an individual’s homelessness and factors preventing them from leading a fully independent life. We draw up a support plan for each individual so they can access the services and training they need to ensure inclusion in mainstream society. Cllr Halls visit today has been about listening to young people and giving them a voice.’