Every twelve months there are hundreds of 16-17 year olds in need of housing in Leicester, but there is not enough safe and suitable accommodation options for them. You can help put an end to Youth Homelessness by becoming a Key Project Host. Could you help support and accommodate a young person in need? Then, the Key Project is a great way to help.

What is the Key Project?

This project is about finding and supporting Host families and individuals who are able and willing to provide a Supportive Home Environment to a young person in Leicester and Leicestershire. This is not a scheme where you simply rent out a room but where you welcome a young person into your family.

How do Supported Lodgings Work?

This project supports young people aged 16-17yrs many of whom have had their lives disrupted by events in their past. However, positive developments can happen quickly once the young person receives appropriate support and is helped to feel safe and secure. Young people can stay with a Host for anything from one night to two years, during which time both parties are supported by the Key Project Team utilising tailored support plans, training and regular meetings.

Could I be a host?

If you have a spare room, live in Leicester/Leicestershire, have a passion for supporting young people and can successfully meet all health, safety and safeguarding checks, then the answer will likely be, YES!

Aims of the Key Project

  • To provide young people with safe, affordable and supportive accommodation, which will enable them to develop skills and manage their lives.
  • To provide good quality housing that meets the needs of young people as they enter adulthood.
  • To provide a safe learning environment in which young people can develop the skills necessary for adult life.
  • To coordinate holistic support for young people, in enabling them to take responsibility for themselves.

Areas of Support:

  • Budgeting
  • Shopping
  • Claiming benefits
  • Training & education
  • Health / personal care
  • Cooking / healthy eating
  • Cultural / religious needs
  • Keeping safe employment
  • Move on to independent accommodation

Frequently Asked Questions

Hosts come from all different types of backgrounds and we welcome hosts of any age, race, ethnicity, religion and income. You can be employed or unemployed.

We are looking for people who can provide a safe, caring, positive and supportive environment for young people. You must have a spare bedroom and the time and energy to commit to being a host.

We will carry out a number of checks as part of the application process including:

  • A disclosure and baring service check (DBS)
  • A standard gas and safety check on your home.
  • We also request two references from two people who have known you for at least 5 years.

We welcome single applicants as well as couples and your accommodation can be owned or rented.

The Y intends to pay a minimum of £104 or up to £115 including meals per week.

Yes you can still be a host; lots of hosts still have their children living within the family home. As part of the assessment process we will spend time with the children to see how they feel about having another young person in their home. In a lot of instances the host’s children actually help to break down barriers between the host and the young person.

You do not need any formal qualifications or a lot of experience as full training and support will be given.


So, if you think you can help some of Leicester/shires young people to find a safe and supportive home and would like to find out more information please contact us.


Call: 0116 2556507

    You can help put an end to Youth Homelessness
    by becoming a Key Project Host.