The Prince of Wales attends opening of Centrepoint's Reuben House Development
Reuben House is a new development which forms a key part of the organisation’s Independent Living Programme to combat youth homelessness.
As Patron of Centrepoint, The Prince of Wales attended the opening of Reuben House, a new development which forms a key part of the organisation’s Independent Living Programme to combat youth homelessness.
Centrepoint estimates that approximately 15,000 16–24-year-olds in London faced homelessness last year, from a total of 129,000 across the UK. To help address this, Centrepoint’s Independent Living Programme aims to deliver homes of their own to 300 young people in developments in London and Manchester in the coming years. Doing so will give young people who might otherwise be at risk of homelessness or living in unsafe accommodation the chance to build a better future for themselves.
The 33 new flats at Reuben House will allow young people aged between 18 and 24 to live in affordable housing, with rent capped at a third of their take-home pay. Each resident has to have a job or be in a full-time apprenticeship, and a wide range of sectors are already represented among residents – from hospitality and construction to social services.
During his visit, The Prince met some of those who have made the development possible, before being given a tour of the site including seeing one of the flats. His Royal Highness spent time with residents, hearing about their experience of moving into Reuben House and how the new accommodation will help provide security and stability to them.
The Prince has been Patron of Centrepoint since 2005. In December 2009, he took part in a sleepout organised by the charity to deepen his understanding of the challenges homeless young people face.