Update on Housing Heroes

Hartlepool Action Lab project teams have been working hard to reach their long-term goals towards solving poverty in Hartlepool.

In June 2016, Housing Heroes set a long-term goal to offer every young person leaving care in Hartlepool the opportunity to refurbish and live in a residential property.

In 200 days, the project:

  • Finalised a business plan outlining how the project expects to financially sustain itself over the long-term
  • Submitted applications to grant-makers and social investors to finance the business plan, with a decision forthcoming. A positive decision would mean the project can secure a property for its young people to begin renovating.
  • Is looking to pilot its approach on a small scale before scaling-up incrementally on an annual basis
  • Continues to engage with young care leavers, to ensure their aspirations and perspectives remain at the centre of the project. A challenging element to the project, the project team is developing new approaches to engagement. For example, the project team has organised taster construction days and team recently spoke at a young care leavers’ event.

Want to help the team achieve its long-term goal? Contact housingheroes.hartlepool@gmail.com or search Hartlepool Housing Heroes on Facebook.