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New basic skills fund for homeless people

May 19 2013
The Homelessness Change Programme aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people

The government has launched a new scheme to help improve the lives of disadvantaged young people by teaching them basic skills.

The Homes and Communities Agency is spending £37 million on the scheme, which is called the Homelessness Change Programme.

The All Saints hostel near Portsmouth received almost £400,000 from the HCA, with the housing firm First Wessex providing another £1.1 million. As the first hostel to be partfunded by the scheme, it has been refurbished and will offer support for 22 rough sleepers aged 16-25 in the Portsmouth area.

Local councillor Steve Wylie said: “The hostel provides young people with a safe and encouraging environment in which they can flourish, grow, and take those first vital steps towards independent living, we’re absolutely thrilled to see it re-open.”