Project Vista, our pioneering partnership with Network Homes which provides affordable accommodation, employment skills and independent living support for young Londoners, has moved out of its pilot phase after a very successful first three months.
The initial allocation of newly refurbished rooms will now be doubled, a new Housing and Support worker is now in post to assist with delivering the project, and we are currently investigating options for expanding the scheme.
Developed in partnership with Network Homes, one of London’s largest housing associations, Project Vista offers safe, affordable accommodation together with support to improve employment and find a long-term housing solution. Of the four young people selected for the pilot, two have been able to increase their hours at work, another to hold onto a job he was at risk of losing because of an unstable housing situation, and a fourth to accept work she would have had to turn down due to having nowhere to live.
Sadie, 19, was one of the first to be housed by the project. She said: “I was living in a dysfunctional, overcrowded family home, which had a negative effect on everything; it was very far from where I worked and things were just going downhill, with lots of tension and arguments. When I moved into the Project Vista flat everything changed, getting to work was so much easier and I was even able to take on another part-time job. The accommodation is lovely, me and my housemates are like a little family. I feel like I can enjoy my life, it's so much more peaceful and I love learning how to look after myself, even the little things like cooking and decorating my room are a big deal.”
Simon Dow, Chair of London Housing Foundation who are funding the project said: “We are very pleased to be supporting Project Vista. This is exactly the kind of innovative and client centred project that London needs more of. They offer intensive support to help young people escape a life of homelessness and to create positive futures.”
We promise to keep you updated with further developments but Project Vista has passed its first test with flying colours!
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