We provide dispersed Housing across Blackburn and East Lancashire for young people and young families aged 16 – 24 years who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
If you find yourself homeless or at risk of losing your home and you are aged 16 – 25 you can contact us direct but we prefer a referral from another professional such as Social Worker or a Youth Worker. It is also helps if you present yourself to your local council as homeless and they will contact us.
After we receive the referral you will be called to attend an interview, if there are any vacancies. At the interview you will be asked questions relating to the reasons why you have found yourself homeless and we fill out a risk assessment where we assess your suitability for the project. Most of our housing is based on two people sharing, where we do try and match personalities and character etc. We also have family homes in Blackburn. If you are accepted onto the project you will be supported by one of our housing support workers who will work with you every step of the way to keep your tenancy, encourage you back into education and training, and when you are ready to move on into independent living.
The YMCA have given me so much inspiration and made me feel like there is so much in life to achieve. They have provided me with a home and support and I am very grateful – Amee
YMCA is fantastic. I never felt like I had a home and they made me feel so safe and comfortable, even though I was a bit of a rascal they still took me in and had faith in me. They have made me gain confidence and I feel like a new person – Nicole