A disused homeless hostel is set to be transformed into a shared accommodation with gym and computer suite for young people.
The Petrie Court on Cromwell Road, Lower Kersal will get a £2 million refurbishment and provide people aged 16-25 with a stable place to live while they work, complete their education or undertake training.
Lee Sugden, chief executive at Salix Homes, explained that was ‘fantastic news for young people’:
“This ground-breaking initiative will provide much-needed opportunities for those who desperately want to work and make something with their lives, but are struggling to hold down a job or go to college because of their unsuitable or unstable living arrangements – it could be that they are at risk of homelessness or have no permanent place to live due to their family situations.”
The initiative, dubbed the “Salford Working Out Project”, has received £1 million from the Homes and Communities Agency which will be matched by Salix Homes.
Salix Homes will also work alongside local skills and education providers to deliver training programmes, employment opportunities and one-to-one support and coaching for residents. It’s anticipated that residents will stay at the new facility for up to 12 months after which the housing associacion will assist them into permanent accommodation.
It is hoped the facility will open by the summer.