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Young people are YMCA people!

A new low rent housing scheme is now available through the Royal Borough of Greenwich, in partnership with YMCA Thames Gateway.

YMCA is the largest and the oldest charity working with young people in the world.  Across England there are 114 YMCAs.  Each one is a thriving and active community, a community that is transforming lives. 

There is a mixture of bedsits and one bedroom properties available from the 50+ homes in the Woolwich Dockyard area. To be eligible for the scheme the applicants must have 5 years continuous residence in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and:

•        Aged 18-34 
•        In work or work related training
•        Able to pay the rent through income and/or housing benefit and be eligible to claim for housing benefit 
•        No recent history of serious anti-social behaviour or rent arrears that have not been addressed
•        Low or no support needs identified
•        Have attended or be willing to attend the Money House (18-25) Financial Confidence Training
•        Must have a housing application registered with the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Councillor Averil Lekau, Cabinet Member for Housing and Anti - Poverty, said:

“We are firmly committed to providing a helping hand to young people looking for affordable accommodation. We all know the very real financial difficulties for young people who may have just entered the job market and face the frightening prospect of struggling to put a roof over their head. At a time when renting in London almost seems like an unaffordable option, I am proud that the Royal Borough of Greenwich is partnering with the YMCA to deliver safe and affordable housing for young residents.”  

To register your interest, please email:
You must give your housing reference number (also known as your bidding number) and state that you are interested in the YMCA housing scheme.