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Latch initiative: 26,000 people in Leeds struggle with varying levels of housing insecurity

Leeds Action to Create Homes (Latch) has announced that it needs to raise a further £35,000 over the next week to reach its minimum target of £450,000. The charity, which is dedicated to turning derelict buildings into homes for the homeless, faces a critical deadline to raise the funds needed to renovate six new properties. Since it was founded in 1989, Latch has successfully refurbished 107 homes.

Latch highlights that around 26,000 people in Leeds struggle with varying levels of housing insecurity and nearly 4,000 properties remain empty. James Hartley, Chief Executive of Latch, stressed that these funds are crucial to making a positive difference to the lives of those in need.

‘The addition of these new homes has the potential to provide shelter for six more adults and three more children. Renovating these homes will also contribute to the well-being of the wider community. Derelict buildings often encourage anti-social behaviour,” said Hartley.

The Latch directors also announced that they have until September 5 to secure the £450,000 needed for the project. However, they aim to exceed this amount and raise up to £650,000. Hartley emphasized that the funding will not only facilitate the remodeling of the property, but will also help Latch to recruit staff and maintain a trainee initiative to help the long-term unemployed gain valuable construction skills.

Hartley continued: “We take great pride in the lasting positive impact we have on the lives of individuals as well as the communities we serve.”

Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson is a native of Leeds, journalist and PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow. She is mainly interested in foreign affairs, geopolitics and investigative journalism.

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