A house to shelter young pregnant women who have been made homeless in Northampton will open this month.
Life Housing, which already has 24 similar houses across the UK, will open for the first time in Northampton later this month.
It will offer support to women aged 16-25 who are either pregnant or have small children and have been made vulnerable through homelessness, sometimes due to domestic violence.
Organising charity LIFE made the move to the town after an anonymous local property owner offered a house for young women who had decided to have their baby despite being in difficulties.
A woman who has lived in one of LIFE’s houses said: “When I became pregnant I had nowhere to live.
“I have no idea what I would have done if I hadn’t had the Life house. We get the most amazing support in the house – everything from budgeting to parenting skills.
“The support workers and the other girls in the house are so supportive. We all help each other – you never get lonely.”
During their tenancy, women are helped to negotiate rent and also offered all kinds of support to help set themselves up for a better life for themselves and their children.
The suport includes a Life Skills programme giving classes in parenting, money management and careers advice.
Women in Life Housing accommodation are offered completely independent living for as long as they choose to stay, up to a maximum of two years.
A spokeswoman for Life said: “We offer a full support service and won’t send women into the outside world still needing help.
“We are currently interviewing potential tenants for the Northampton house and are trying to build a child-friendly garden outside it.”
The scheme is funded by rent paid by tenants, some of whom are eligible for housing benefit.
LIFE received a grant of £3,000 from the Bernard Sunley Foundation to repair and furnish the Northampton house, but they are still dependent on donations.
If you would like to offer help, contact the charity at: email@example.com or call: 07999 550452 or 01926 312272.