Christopher was facing becoming homeless after leaving care, now he has a home of his own and is planning to study at university.

After turning 18 Christopher, who had been living in care, was worried about his future and where he might live after leaving care.

However, a partnership between Salford City Council’s Leaving Care service, which works with care leavers until they reach 25 years old, and ForHousing ensured Christopher has been able to start a new life in a brand new home.

He was amongst the first people to move into a new, innovative housing development at Somerset Road in Salford. The 15 one-bedroom apartments were built to help people gain independence or rebuild their lives after facing homelessness and are let at a low-cost sub-social rent.

The development provided a fantastic opportunity for Christopher to develop his independence while providing a stable and supportive home environment.

The homes are furnished, and the low rent includes all bills and wifi. Every tenant is allocated a dedicated support worker and provided with support to link them into employment and training and enable them to access new opportunities and a pathway to a better life.

Christopher is already receiving support to manage his tenancy and has plans to apply to study at university.

“I couldn’t wait to hold a set of keys in my hand and get into a property that I can call mine,” he said.

“My plan is to enrol in university and study from my new home.”

The Somerset Road scheme is part of a wider £3.9m project that will eventually see ForHousing build 39 homes for people at risk of homelessness in Salford.

Earlier this year ForHousing handed over the keys to tenants on a similar development in Haddon Road. Work on 12 more homes at Vicars Street is set to be completed soon.