A homeless charity based in Whitley Bay has been awarded almost £400,000 funding.
The award from the Big Lottery Fund will allow Depaul UK to expand its Nightstop North East project providing emergency accommodation to young people throughout the region.
It also means volunteers will also visit schools to give advice to pupils.
Nightstop project manager Kester Young said: “We are delighted to receive this award from the Big Lottery.
“It will enable us to help many more vulnerable young people in the region.”
The scheme sees volunteer hosts provide a room and evening meal to a young homeless person, often for just one night but it can be for two weeks.
Staff at the project try to secure longer term settled accommodation and work with the young person to help them address the issues that caused them to become homeless.
Depaul UK is the affiliate body for around 40 Nightstop schemes across the country.
Last year, the Nightstop network helped more than 2,400 young people – keeping them from sleeping rough or ‘sofa surfing’ at a friend’s house. But unemployment, increasing rents and cuts to local youth services mean more and more 16 to 25 year-olds are facing the prospect of not having a roof over their heads.
Mr Young added: “The Big Lottery funding means we can build on the expansion of the service that the Northern Rock Foundation and Community Foundation have already helped to put in place.
“It will enable us to increase the number of volunteer hosts across the region and, most importantly, provide more nights of safe emergency accommodation for young people.”
To enquire about being a volunteer host call (0191) 253 6161.