WaCoCo promotes the social and economic wellbeing of the people Waterloo by supporting the sustainability and effectiveness of local community and voluntary organisations through drawing in funding, encouraging local partnerships and networks, and increasing their voice on local issues.
Berkeley Foundation - Community Investment Fund grant to tackle youth homelessness
Housebuilder Berkeley Homes is making £250,000 available from its Community Investment Fund to support young people aged 18-30 years who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the communities where it works.
The statistics are compelling: young people are three times more likely to have been homeless in the last five years than older adults. 225,000 young people in London have stayed in an unsafe place because they had nowhere safe to call home and only one in five aged 16-24 seek help from the council. Welfare reform and the housing crisis are only worsening the situation. Despite the evident need to support young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, services for young people have had their funding squeezed significantly over the last few years.
Through the Combatting Youth Homelessness funding programme, we are aiming to support those in need to access good quality, sustainable housing solutions, as well as helping at risk young people to avoid homelessness.