After four years of planning, and with the help of a strong network of friends and partners, City YMCA London are delighted to announce that the re-development of the Errol Street site is to proceed. Costing some £19m, the worn-out old building will be handed over to contractors in August for demolition. A brand new flagship hostel is due to open in June 2018 giving a home and a future to 10,000 young homeless Londoners over the next 60 years.
Gillian Bowen, Chief Executive of City YMCA London said:
“Today marks a significant step forward for London’s homeless young people. The new hostel will shape the external environment standard of hostel and move-on accommodation for homeless young people in London and beyond.“
Existing residents are in the process of being re-homed in other hostel provision across London including City YMCA London’s own decant accommodation, Monarch Court in Hackney. Refurbished at a cost of £1.8m, this former old peoples care home now offers shelter to 87 young people.
Appeal Patron, the Rt Rev & Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Bishop of London said:
“This has been an opportunity to leave a legacy for London’s young people. Together London is making that possible.”
City YMCA London retains the challenge to raise a further £3.5m over the next two years to ensure that the new home is built to the specification required, giving the best chances for young people well into the future.
Appeal Chairman, Colin Passmore, Senior Partner at Simmons & Simmons, said:
“Securing the funding for this vision hasn’t been without it’s challenges. We’re delighted to have the support of the London Mayor with a multi-million point grant alongside the support of a number of leading Foundations, Companies and individuals. Our thanks goes to them all for placing their faith in the vision of the City YMCA London team.”
City YMCA London would like to thank the following funding partners:
City YMCA London are now appealing for people to get behind the fundraising appeal to make the fitting out of the building possible. CLICK FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO ENGAGE
Simmons & Simmons
Slaughter & May
Smith & Williamson
South Hackney Parochial Foundation
St Pauls Cathedral
Trowers & Hamlins
Trustees of City YMCA London
Worshipful Company of Clothworkers
Other friends that wish to remain anonymous
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A redundant Care Home has been given a new lease of life as Hackney's first hostel for homeless young people. Monarch Court is possibly the first new hostel to open in London for years. With the numbers of young people being made homeless in London doubling over the last two years, the 87 beds will help nearly 2,000 young homeless people get their lives back on track over the next 15 years.
City YMCA London would like to thank the Greater London Authority, City Bridge Trust and the South Hackney Parochial Foundation for their partnership in this success.
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