4th Jul, 2020

Bromsgrove's Basement Project on the hunt for hosts to help keep young people off the streets

BROMSGROVE’S Basement Project is appealing for hosts to keep youngsters at risk of homelessness off the streets.

And the need is so great the charity has organised an event where would-be hosts can find out what it is all about and the positive impact they could have on young people’s lives.

The Basement Project supported more than 100 youngsters last year and is desperate to find people willing to offer emergency one-night accommodation.

Kelly Turner, from the charity, said: “We don’t see much homelessness in Bromsgrove but that’s because it’s hidden behind people sofa-surfing or crashing at a friend’s house.

“What happens when they can’t do that? We don’t want to see them ending up on the streets.”

Currently Bromsgrove has no emergency hosts at all, and there is only one in Alvechurch.

Kelly added all youngsters in need of emergency accommodation were carefully vetted so they were a good match for their host.

The Basement Project, based at Hanover Street, is holding an information evening about the scheme from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, March 12.

It runs a drop-in centre from midday to 4pm Monday to Friday and 5pm to 7pm on Wednesdays, as well as ‘floating support’ – helping young people maintain tenancies, budgeting, form-filling and medical appointments.

Visit bromsgrovebasementproject.org.uk or call the Basement Project on 01527 832993 to find out more.

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