Could you rent out a room to a young person from the YMCA?

Supported Lodgings at YMCA

YMCA London South West is recruiting local people from the community who can act as hosts for young people.

It is holding a recruitment evening on Thursday 11 January, 6.30pm-8.30pm at YMCA Surbiton, 49 Victoria Road, Surbiton KT6 4NG. No need to book, just drop in for more information and to register your interest. Supported Lodgings hosts give young people aged 16-25 a step into independent living, enabling them to work, study or return to work while providing an affordable housing solution.

The hosts receive around £100 a week in rent which is paid either from the young person or from YMCA London South West, depending on the financial circumstances.

Great care is taken in matching hosts and lodgers in order to make a suitable arrangement for everyone involved. The length of the placement is flexible, with the shortest period of stay being a few months and the longest up to two years.


Well there would be some degree of risk in this.

Well, I certainly doff my hat to anyone who agrees to do that!

I know that there are a lot of worthy cases at the YMCA and it must be exceptionally rewarding to help out someone in need, but the fact is that a lot of the residents are beyond help. I avoid that whole end of Surbiton high street so I don't risk coming into contact with them, so I am afraid I could never invite one into my one home.

I do think it is a great idea, though. It can't be good for the majority of the residents of the YMCA to have to live with the hopeless ones, so if they can get out to a more stable environment, it might help prevent them from going the same way.

Under no circumstances.

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