Expansion of facilities for the homeless

One YMCA welcomed representatives from local businesses to their Watford hostel to see the progress of its redevelopment and hear first hand resident’s stories of rough sleeping and their journey back to independence.

One YMCA are redeveloping the hostel to provide more accommodation for those that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Delivering their award winning Dynamic Pathway to Independence (DPI), the charity supports vulnerable individuals to rebuild their lives.

One YMCA’s chief operating officer, Mark Turner said: “What a phenomenal day with some of our equally phenomenal corporate, media and community supporters from across Watford and the surrounding region. We showcased our investment to date and ongoing commitment to ending rough sleeping and tackling homelessness for good, taking our guests on a tour of some recently completed and some still under construction projects.”

When the government called for ‘Everyone-In’ in March 2020, there were 83 known rough-sleepers in Watford, all with complex needs and challenging behaviours, and failing to maintain any tenancy beyond two-weeks for more than 5-10+ years.

A new approach to social housing was needed and One YMCA created, developed and delivered DPI, a universal pathway of five phases that supports individuals on their journey from rough sleeping to independent living.

Turner continued: “The highlight as always though, being a chance to share some time with those who we support. Getting a chance to hear first-hand just how tough it is on the streets, and just how much of a difference our amazing One YMCA team and facilities have made to the lives of those who need it most”.

One YMCA look to change and save more lives as they expand and develop their facilities to support the most vulnerable in society.

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