New Horizon Youth Centre supports thousands of young people across London facing homelessness because of family breakdown, domestic abuse, poverty, experiences of violence, or war and persecution in their home country.
They provide a vital support network for 16-24 year olds with nowhere else to go. Through the 'one stop shop' services provided at their daycentre, remotely and via outreach they help young people experiencing homelessness in London to improve their wellbeing, change their economic circumstances and find somewhere that they can call home.
For as long as young people are homeless and vulnerable in London, New Horizon will be on a mission to give their potential a home.
Hotel 1824 is an exciting pilot project by New Horizon Youth Centre and Depaul UK offering youth-specific emergency accommodation for 18-24 year-olds sleeping rough or about to become street homeless in the capital. Supported by the Berkeley Foundation, the GLA and London Councils, and based in a refurbished 40 bed hotel in West London, the project will accommodate up to 350 young people over the coming year and in turn save lives. As the only provision of its kind in London, it will strengthen the safety net for the most at risk, giving young people at danger of sleeping rough a safe place to stay in the short term as we find them somewhere to call home in the long term.
Hotel 1824 residents will access not only a safe place but also complete wraparound support. Depaul will use their experience delivering accommodation projects for young people to run the property and will be providing 24/7 onsite support workers. Alongside its youth-focused street outreach, New Horizon will offer specialist advice, help young people into move on options and provide a wide range of services such as counselling, healthcare, independent life skills development, and education and employment support. Young people will also have access to specialist immigration advice services from the Cardinal Hume Centre.
New Horizon will share the learning and experience gained from Hotel 1824 and the many lives it will improve as best practice for youth-specific homelessness provision at a time when so many young people need to get their lives back on track following the pandemic.