Homeless youngsters can now turn to a newly-opened “safe haven” to help them get back on their feet.
Derwent Lodge, on Church Street, Norton, is offering temporary accommodation for up to 14 people, aged 16 and over, who have nowhere else suitable to live.
The centre, developed by Ryedale District Council from a Government grant of £560,000, will give them a chance to get their lives back on track.
Further funding from Supporting People means staff can give residents the chance to learn life skills that will set them on their way to an independent life.
“Derwent Lodge is a safe haven for vulnerable people who need help to get their lives back on track,” said Cllr Linda Cowling, leader of Ryedale District Council.
“It has been developed to ensure that vulnerable people from Ryedale can be helped and supported in times of great need and ensure that they can move on with their lives. I am very proud of this project and know it will make a real difference to a lot of people now and in the future.
Helen Fielding, HCA Area Manager Homes and Communities Agency, said: “It is fantastic to see the difference our investment has made for vulnerable people in Ryedale.”