“I think this project is a really good idea. I am very pleased to read that there is a dedicated support worker with the young people, as accommodation on its own is usually seen as the only solution but research shows a support worker is needed for a smooth transition.One thing not mentioned in the article is how many young people this will house – and will it help bring down the numbers of homeless young people – or just stablise them?There is also the point that are these homeless young people going to be supported just independent living, or education, employment or training also – and what hours a week is this worker on?On the surface it is a great idea – and I am pleased the Homeless Foundation have been innovative whilst the City Council have been accepting of the project however before I offer my complete opinion, I would like to see more information on the points above. As a homeless campaigner, I welcome the move to supporting young people who are homeless, but feel that education around the realities of independent living needs to be given to year 10-11 students so they can make informed choices.I would be happy to support the Homeless Foundation and other organisations to develop a programme of education for local schools to help bring down the numbers of homeless in the first place.”
The iKozie is designed to house young people who find themselves homeless and provide a base to enable them get back on their feet.
Due to be used for move-on accommodation to help the homeless people transition from hostels into independent living, it features a living area, full-fitted kitchen complete with appliances, a bedroom and a bathroom.
Read more in the ‘Worcester News’ Article here and my response below.
(Credit: Worcester News)
– Hugo Sugg