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Housing group joins forces with charity to fight homelessness

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

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A Lancashire housing group has joined forces with a charity to help support young people facing homelessness.

Progress Housing Group has partnered housing charity Key Unlocking Futures to help it extend its independent support work and provide services for local people.

KUF predominantly provides support to young people up to the age of 25 who are homeless or worried about losing their homes. Over the last year the charity has provided services to 493 homeless, or potentially homeless, young people in the South Ribble and Chorley areas of Lancashire.

Though they have now come together, KUF will remain an independent company, retaining its independent board of management and will continue to operate as a charity within the not-for-profit housing group. It has also moved into new premises at Balfour Court in Leyland town centre, which have been provided by Progress.

Jacqui De-Rose, Progress's group chief executive, said: "I am delighted that our two organisations have come together. Our services are complementary in many ways and, by making the most of our combined knowledge and skills, we will be able to reach more people in need of support services. Key Unlocking Futures will remain an independent organisation and, in partnership, we will aim to increase service provision across the North West, continuing to make a positive difference in the communities in which we work."

Gwen Crawford, chair of trustees at KUF, said: "Key Unlocking Futures is really pleased to have joined Progress Housing Group, as we believe they are just as committed as we are to providing excellent services for our clients. We have chosen to take this step because we believe that by working together we will be able to do more to support young people to cope during a difficult time in their lives and to move on to a better future."

Pictured: (Left to Right) KUF’s director, Ursula Pattern, and Jacqui De-Rose, Progress group chief executive.

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