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Bridgwater YMCA awarded 2m to build new hostel

A youth organisation in Somerset has been awarded £2m to build a new 43-bed hostel for young people.

The money will be used to replace Bridgwater YMCA Foyer's existing 30-bed facility and provide a new apprentice training unit.

The association offers supported housing for those aged 16-25, many of whom are in work or studying.

The funding comes from the Homes and Communities Agency which helps people find affordable accommodation.

Bridgwater YMCA chief executive, Martin Hodgson said: "We began working with our young people and the wider community as to how we could further improve our facilities in 2007 to ensure we got the right mix of facilities and this news is the final piece of the jigsaw."

Duncan Harvey, affordable housing policy and development manager for Sedgemoor District Council, said: "The YMCA has a pivotal role locally offering high quality, well managed and supportive housing to young people.

"We have identified that more younger people's housing is needed across Sedgemoor and we are keen to support the YMCA's expansion plans. "

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