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Thought-provoking short film about conditions and security at the Tottenham Lane YMCA.


"This BBC investigation reveals claims that the YMCA North London is failing the young people that live there.

"As the largest provider of supported and safe accommodation in England for young people, the YMCA plays a big role in tackling youth homelessness in the UK.

"However, the BBC has spoken to a variety of former and current residents and staff members who told us what life was like in the hostel, with some reporting personal stories of crime and poor conditions.

"The YMCA North London states it is a charity and has spent £500,000 on refurbishing the facilities in the building over the past two years."

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Hard to know what to think about this. As a halfway house the YMCA is bound to have problems from time to time, but do they justify a lengthy film by the BBC? I wonder if there are stories to be told of "Oh yes, staying at the Y in Crouch End turned my life around"?


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