Housing project supported by Vale of Glamorgan Council wins prestigious innovation award
A shared housing project, Rooms4U, funded by Crisis UK, has won the prestigious Pat Chown award for housing innovation.
Rooms4U, hosted by Newydd Housing Association with support from the Vale of Glamorgan Council, is a two year pilot project in the Vale of Glamorgan that aims to help young people under the age of 35 find solutions to homelessness through shared housing.
The project, launched 17 years ago by Community Housing Cymru, was created in memory of Pat Chown who dedicated her life to helping others.
The aim is to unite young people to support each other within a home they can call their own.
Rooms4U received an award and £1,000 prize at the One Big Conference on Thursday 5 October at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells.
“I am over the moon that Rooms4U has won the prestigious Pat Chown Award.
"When a young tenant tells you that he used to drink daily, was depressed and even thought about taking his own life, but now feels great as he has a stable home with like-minded people where he is warm, eating well and has even started job hunting, this certainly gives you goosebumps.
“I am excited to see how the project will develop over the coming months as we aim to also work with the private rented sector. The £1,000 prize will go towards the Vale Foodbank in Barry to help people should they find themselves in financial difficulty.” - Hazel Davies, Rooms4U Project Officer.