YMCA DownsLink Group, the South East’s leading youth charity, is opening a new 24-hour supported accommodation project for young people facing homelessness in Hastings. The new Hastings Foyer will
provide much needed homes for up to 47 young people. Until now, supported accommodation within the area has been limited, so the new Foyer will plug this gap and be a vital service for young people experiencing homelessness locally.

As with all YMCA DLG supported accommodation, the aim is to provide a safe and stable base for young people facing homelessness and help them develop the skills needed to thrive independently. As well as providing a safe home, the project will also deliver its More Than a Room programme which aims to give young people life skills, as well as pathways back into education, training, or employment. Currently more than three quarters of the young people living with YMCA DLG move on positively to independent living.

Speaking about the opening of the new Hastings Foyer, Anna Cooley-Greene Head of Operations (East Sussex) says: “The South Coast has historically attracted those experiencing homelessness. Hastings and St Leonards face consistent challenges in relation to poverty, levels of deprivation and homelessness, so we are delighted to be able to provide high-quality accommodation and a holistic support offer to young people locally. We’ve worked closely with the local council and other partners to ensure that this service embeds well into the local community.” 

Local residents have been invited in to meet the staff and shown around the accommodation to make sure they are engaged in the new project.

Cllr Andy Batsford, lead councillor for Housing at Hastings Borough Council, added: “The new 24-hour supported accommodation project is great news for our town, offering young people who are facing homelessness a safe
space to sleep. This will help to ensure they have a stable start to their independent lives.

“The opportunity to learn new life and employment skills through the programme also offers invaluable support for these young people, giving them the assistance they need to help them to prosper in the future.”

For anyone interested in finding out more please email [email protected]. The staff team at Hasting’s Foyer will also be hosting informal open afternoons later in the year.


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