Published: 14th Mar 2019

For the last 20 years, homeless people in Leeds have been transforming derelict properties with Canopy Housing – and the best part is they get to live in them after. The charity were recent winners of a UN-Habitat award for their work, which was bittersweet for Canopy director, David Nugent. ‘It was astonishing,’ he says. ‘Their website is full of stories from developing countries – projects that help people living in South American pueblos, so to have their award in the 5th richest country in the world – it shouldn’t happen should it?’ No handouts For most of Canopy’s existence, they’d take empty properties on short-term leases from Leeds City Council. The council agreed to change the agreement in 2017 to extend the leases to 99 years, which has helped give Canopy more security with the banks so they can buy their own properties in the Burley and Harehills areas … (To read the full article, subscribe below)