RICS in partnership with LandAid is to deliver 29 more bed spaces across five housing projects for young people facing homelessness in the North and Midlands, Scotland and Northern Ireland
The campaign, known as Pledge150, was launched as part of RICS’ 150th anniversary activities last year, and has since delivered more homes for the young homeless across the UK, by raising funds for charities that renovate or refurbish properties for vulnerable young people.
Companies such as Alsop, Currie & Brown, Knight Frank, Gleeds, Gerald Eve, Turner & Townsend and LaSalle Investment have all got behind the Pledge150 campaign, raising funds through various initiatives including sporting and cycling challenges, Sleep Outs, tours of historic buildings and corporate dinners.
Meanwhile companies have donated generous funds, with Morson Group contributing £15,000, whilst Deloitte raised and donated an impressive £30,000 towards the campaign.
Matthew Howell, RICS Managing Director, UK & Ireland commented: “We’re delighted that Pledge150 has had such great support from the industry.
“Our aim with this campaign was not only to make a difference by delivering more homes for the young homeless, but to also create a legacy of uniting those who work in property and construction to help end homelessness, and our latest fundraising efforts, which have delivered 29 more bed spaces is testament to this.”
The latest charities and housing projects to receive Pledge150 grants – to deliver 29 bed spaces for young homeless people in Belfast, Birmingham, Manchester, East Cleveland and Glenrothes – are:
Simon Community Northern Ireland – the funds will help renovate a new build property extension in Belfast to deliver eight bed spaces.
St Basils in the West Midlands – their grant will help renovate hostel accommodation in Birmingham, delivering 12 more bed spaces.
Manchester Settlement – the funds will go towards renovating two houses to create four new bed spaces in Manchester.
East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust – their grant will help renovate a two-bed long-term empty property in the East Cleveland area.
YMCA Glenrothes – funds will go towards refurbishing an empty three-bed terraced house or flat in Glenrothes to create three new bed spaces.