Open day for young people at Downpatrick housing scheme
Published: Fri, 4 Jul 2014
A new supported housing scheme for young people in Downpatrick has thrown threw open its doors today to welcome local people who had been invited to come along and meet their new neighbours.
The scheme in English Street is owned by Clanmil Housing Association and managed by MACS, working in partnership with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and the Housing Executive. It provides self-contained accommodation for young people aged 16 to 21 years who are leaving care or experiencing homelessness.
The Grade B1 listed building has been extensively refurbished by Clanmil to provide two bedsits and six 1 bed apartments along with office and meeting space and overnight facilities for staff. The refurbishment project was part funded by the Department for Social Development through the Housing Executive and the accommodation is available to young people referred to MACS by the Health Trust and by the Housing Executive.
The support provided by MACS helps prepare young people for life in a home of their own in the future. On site staff support tenants to learn the skills needed to run a home and to be a good neighbour along with employability skills. Each young person is supported to move on to a more permanent home of their own within two years.
Sinead O’Flaherty, Service Manager at MACS said: “Operating out of the new scheme in English Street, MACS are providing housing related support and interventions to 79 young people in the community as well as to eight young people living in self-contained flats in partnership with Clanmil, Supporting People and the South Eastern Trust. The accommodation provided also includes two immediate access, short stay bedsits for 16/17 year olds presenting as homeless.”
The support services provided are funded by our Supporting People and South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.