Latch (Leeds Action to Create Homes)

176 Chapeltown Road, Leeds
West Yorkshire, LS7 4HP
📞 0113 237 4482

Latch turns empty houses into good quality housing for homeless people

We track down empty houses and refurbish them, bringing them back into use as good quality, energy efficient homes. Long term unemployed volunteers work with us on the refurbishments, developing skills and confidence and gaining work experience. Once the homes are complete, we house homeless people and provide the support they need to settle in. We also have an award winning training workshop, Hands On, where we run short beginners courses in DIY, joinery and plumbing.

Why the community needs us

We create three key benefits for the community: by bringing rundown empty homes back into use, we reduce associated problems such as anti-social behaviour and improve the appearance of the neighbourhood; by providing volunteer opportunities we help long term unemployed people gain the skills, experience and confidence they need to find work; and we create new, good quality, affordable homes for homeless people.

Our impact on the community

In 2012-13, we brought 4 empty homes back into use, provided training and work experience opportunities for 22 people, provided housing for 76 homeless individuals and families, supported 23 people with housing and other issues, and trained 57 people in practical skills through our workshop.

Latch (Leeds Action to Create Homes) projects

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Charity information

Latch (Leeds Action to Create Homes)

176 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4HP
Tel 0113 237 4482
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Registered charity no. 27643R

Causes that concern us:
🎀   Housing / Homelessness
🎀   Social Welfare

Validated by:
Localgiving Foundation
Established in: 1989
Full time staff: 12
Part time staff: 1
Volunteers & helpers: 20

What your gift could provide


A volunteer's expenses for a day


Smart clothes for a tenant or volunteer to attend an interview


A toolkit for a volunteer to use on our empty home refurbishments

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Volunteers required

We welcome unemployed volunteers on to our house refurbishment projects. We are also looking for volunteers with professional skills to join our Management Committee. Please contact us if you'd like more information.