New homes are pledged
At least 60 homes are to be created in Leicester for people who do not have a permanent place to live, thanks to a £360,000 Government grant.
The money has been awarded to charity Action Homeless.
Chief executive Rob Parkinson said the grant was the first stage of a three-year plan to turn 30 empty houses in the city into homes for people leaving temporary hostels, providing at least 60 flats, bed-sits or similar accommodation.
Once suitable properties have been identified, the renovation work will be carried out by Action Trust and Groundwork. Action Trust will employ ex-offenders and homeless people to do the work.
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Groundwork Leicester and Leicestershire will offer training and employment to young people who are not in education, employment or training.
Mr Parkinson said: "The project is not only about bringing empty homes back into use, but also about generating training and jobs for people who are coming out of hostels or have been sleeping rough, young people who are not in education, training or employment and socially excluded and to create affordable move-on homes for people leaving hostel accommodation in Leicester."