Helping to tackle the housing crisis through partnership working

7 August 2019

We’re looking forward to the creation of a new homeless centre in Lincoln, providing emergency overnight accommodation after YMCA Lincolnshire were awarded a government grant of just over £700,000 from Homes England earlier in the year.

YMCA Lincolnshire currently provides supported housing, with a view to helping local people to live more independent lives. As such, through our work as project managers of the new development, we’ll be helping to create a purpose built facility to offer support to the most vulnerable people in the city.

The new 'Nomad Centre' to be completed in October 2019, will upgrade and replace YMCA Lincolnshire’s Nomad Shelter, creating 20 ensuite bedrooms, with plans for a hub on the ground floor, which has vital kitchen facilities providing hot meals, toilets, shower rooms and consulting rooms.

The grant was gladly received by Blue Skies Consortium, a collection of housing associations led by Longhurst Group and Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA), who are strategic partners of Homes England and also the joint owners of Pitch Development Services.

Nick Worboys, Director of Development and Sales at Longhurst Group, said: “We are delighted that the YMCA have received funding for the new homeless accommodation and that through our consultancy service, Pitch, we will be helping them turn this project into a reality.

“Longhurst Group operates extensively in Lincoln and so we are very aware how much this new accommodation is needed and what a positive and life-changing difference it will make.”

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