Empty Homes - YMCA DownsLink Group

Empty Homes

Empty Homes is a YMCA DownsLink Group scheme to bring empty properties in Sussex and Surrey back into use.

The aim of the Empty Homes scheme is to provide affordable and safe accommodation to young adults in housing need. We achieve this by leasing properties from private landlords and refurbishing them to a good standard. We are already in touch with young people who are looking for a housing solution, so we can easily find suitable tenants for the properties. We manage the lettings and deal with any issues that arise with the young tenant.

Landlords – make the most of your empty property

Do you have a property that has been empty for at least six months? Would you like to receive a guaranteed rental income from that property? And let YMCA DownsLink Group deal with the upkeep of the property and tackle any tenant issues? If the answer is yes, then we can negotiate a lease from you and let your property to young adults in housing need. Get in touch now!

Young People

Are you 18 – 35 years old and looking for a home? YMCA DownsLink Group may be able to offer settled and stable housing in shared and self-contained accommodation. We will provide an intensive housing management service to help you manage your housing and we don’t require any upfront deposit. If you are looking for alternative housing options in Sussex then get in touch now.


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For information on how to access the Empty Homes scheme get in touch using the contact details above and we will get back to you.

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Specialist residential care and supported accommodation projects for young people in local authority care.

Supported accommodation

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A drop-in service which offers support and advice to young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.


YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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