Origin Housing and New Horizon Youth Centre have marked a one-year milestone with their collaborative project to house homeless young people in Camden.
Project 99, designed to overcome some of the problems that keep young people trapped in homelessness, provided accommodation to 13 young people that were formerly sofa-surfing, sleeping rough or about to become homeless.
The young people are said to be housed in a specially renovated property owned by Origin Housing, with Project 99 offering a home along with a year of support from New Horizon Youth Centre for all residents.
Since the project began, all 13 original residents have been through the programme and moved on to new homes, with three of the young people accessing apprenticeships, two getting fulltime jobs and three securing a place in college.
Not one to miss out on the celebrations, Channel 4’s Jon Snow, Patron of New Horizon said that the project has allowed neighbourless people to become loved by their neighbours.
“I’d like to thank Origin for knocking on our door and asking if we knew anyone who could use this space for homes, it’s incredible and absolutely wonderful, it’s my great honour to be here and I am very thankful for Origin granting us this space”, he said.
One of the new residents at Project 99 speaking about his new home said: “I feel like this place is one of those rare opportunities: in a corridor full of doors that are the same, this is the golden door that just appeared!
“It gives you an opportunity to get on your feet and know where you’re going, I’m really grateful for all the people who are helping me.”
Origin Housing CEO Carol Carter thanked New Horizon, acknowledging that, through the scheme, many people have already gone on to further accommodation, employment, education and training.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to see the project going as well as it is; it’s a reminder of the power that a few individuals can have to make such a massive positive change in the community”, Carter said.
Pictured: Origin Housing CEO, Carol Carter, a New Horizon resident and Channel 4 news Presenter Jon Snow.