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Homeless youngsters move into Gloucester flats in £1.7m scheme

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 04, 2014

open: The new flats in Linden.

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YOUNG people who were in desperate need of a home have now moved into new low-cost housing thanks to a £1.7million development in Linden.

Rooftop Housing started work last March on nine one-bedroom flats for young homeless people in the city, one three-bed house for "move-on" accommodation, two three-bedroom affordable houses and two three-bedroom houses available for shared ownership, as well as a new vicarage.

The flats, on the site of the old vicarage in Seymour Road, were completed last month.

One 17-year-old resident said: "Previously I was living in the Old School House in Eastgate Street. It was a bedsit, which meant I had to share a bathroom and kitchen. But this new flat is self-contained, so it has its own bathroom and kitchen, I don't have to worry about anyone else or their mess.

"It's nice to have my own space because I have a five-week-old baby. I pay rent of £11.23 a week. It is temporary accommodation and I will be looking for a permanent home in the future."

The project aims to provide high quality, supported temporary accommodation for 16 to 25-year-olds who are homeless and have support needs.

The young people who fall into this category include young pregnant women and those with babies. Support is provided 24 hours a day.

Catherine Kevis, support and care director at Rooftop Housing Group, said: "This project is already making a difference to the lives of young people who are now thriving in a supportive environment and benefiting from living in high quality accommodation.

"The scheme has also helped to bring a run-down site back into use."

Rooftop Housing is working with the Anglican Diocese of Gloucester, Faith in Affordable Housing and Gloucester City Council to restore the vicarage.

This should be completed by April next year. The last houses will be completed by February.

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