Creating opportunity for young homeless people

With investment from Homes England. GCH is developing plans to bring back into use a vacant building in the London Road area of Gloucester, creating homes and opportunities for young people who find themselves without a place to call home.

This much-needed new scheme will offer a supportive and empowering space for young people, where they not only have a quality, affordable home but access to support with their mental and physical health, and access to specialist coaches supporting them to connect, build confidence, and learn new skills, enabling them to reach their full potential.

Hewmar House off London Road in Gloucester is currently vacant and has been prone to vandalism. Working with Gloucester City Council, we have secured £1.34 million funding from the Single Homeless Accommodation Programme (SHAP).

The MP for Gloucester, Richard Graham, has backed the scheme saying: “GCH have a strong proven track record of delivery of high-quality homes in Gloucester and successfully manage several cohort-specific schemes. They hold an important partnership with the local authority, providing properties and support to tackle homelessness, and this already includes schemes to support homeless young people and rough sleepers.”

Homes England said “We’re pleased to work with DLUHC to deliver the Single Homelessness Accommodation Programme, supporting provision of high-quality homes and support for some of the most vulnerable members of our society who are sleeping rough and young people at risk of homelessness.”

Right now across England there are currently more than139,000 young people without a home, more than the entire population of Gloucester. We know having a home is the bedrock from which we can all a build a successful life. This scheme seeks to invest in the lives of young people in Gloucester, particularly those who need support to recognise their own potential and achieve their goals.