Twenty shipping containers have been turned into small living studios in an innovative bid to help young renters.

Waltham Forest YMCA transformed the first ten for people living with the charity in the borough, last year.

However, this time, the units are being offered out to people who are not homeless, but will struggle to pay the high rent cost in the borough.

The MyPads were completed at the end of June at the YMCA site on Forest Road, Walthamstow.

Each unit has a bed, storage space, cooking  and ensuite facilities. 

The mYPads cost £120 a week to rent, including utilities, plus around £14 a week council tax, allowing residents to save a deposit for more permanent accommodation.

Residents will be able to live in a mYPad for a maximum of one year.

Forest YMCA was handed £645,000 from the Greater London Authority (GLA) for 30 new units.

The scheme has been praised in the past for its 'innovation'.

The first units were built for YMCA residents who pay £70per week for the units which will help them secure employment.

Forest YMCA’s Director of Estates, Jessica Laryea said: “At a time when it is so difficult for young people to find affordable housing, we are delighted that we now have a further 20 mYPads that we can offer to rent to those at risk of homelessness.  

“We were inundated with enquiries about renting a mYPad when we launched the first 10, and feel sure that they will prove popular.”

The project looked to be under threat when the charity came into financial difficulty, last year.

However, the building work has been completed.

Last year FYMCA gave 550 young homeless people a safe place to live and helped 468 residents into education and training and 109 achieve independence.

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