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Laura’s story
Moving into an Empty Homes property has been a positive move for Laura and her young son.  Read more here.

Through the Empty Homes programme we refurbish rental properties that have stood empty for some time, and manage the tenancy.  The landlord benefits from a refurbished property and new income, while young people, like Laura and her small son, find homes in the community that weren’t previously available to them.

Laura and her young son were living in a shared flat with other young people.  It wasn’t an ideal situation for a small child, and eventually Laura knew she had to move out.  But she was very worried about the future – decent accommodation was expensive and Laura couldn’t see a way forward.

Laura says, ““Hastings Borough Council referred me to YMCA because I had nothing else and a two year old to look after.  They were really efficient in finding somewhere to live which stopped me from potentially losing custody of my son.  The YMCA found me a flat, a permanent home, so me and my son could have safety and security in our lives and we couldn’t be any happier than we are now.”

Laura was able to stay in the flat for almost a year, and since then has moved into a privately rented two bedroomed house with a garden.  It is in the vicinity of the school Laura hopes her son will attend.

Find more information on the Empty Homes scheme here.