New course to reduce homelessness

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 January 2012

YMCA and Sedgemoor District Council has teamed up to help young people get homes.

YMCA and Sedgemoor District Council has teamed up to help young people get homes.

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THE YMCA has teamed up with Sedgemoor District Council to run a course for young people, giving them the essentials on how to become good tenants, to help them secure and sustain rented accommodation.

The Tenant Accreditation Scheme has so far helped 37 people, with 18 going on to their own homes.

The course is aimed at giving young people skills such as budgeting and paying bills, tenancy rules, cooking, looking after the home, health and safety and respecting neighbours.

The council staff from its strategic housing and environmental health department also attend the courses and give tips and advice such as how to go about finding a home, being a good neighbour and reporting nuisance.

The police and fire services are also involved in delivering the course and give advice on preventing accidents and antisocial behaviour.

The scheme is one of several initiatives the council has developed in partnership with Bridgwater YMCA to help prevent youth homelessness. The HOME projects include emergency accommodation in the homes of volunteer hosts, mediation between young people and parents and homeless awareness sessions in schools.

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