A NEW shelter will be set up for homeless young people in Huddersfield.
Councillors last night backed the proposed refuge at North House on Swan Lane in Lockwood.
The building had been a centre for adults with learning disabilities before it closed in 2009.
Now it will be converted into a nine-bed shelter.
Connect Housing Association secured a £120,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency to convert the building into emergency accommodation for homeless people aged under-25.
The council’s Labour cabinet yesterday agreed to lease North House to the association at a peppercorn rent.
Cabinet member for regeneration Clr Peter McBride said: “There have been problems housing young people and providing adequate support to teach them to cook and to manage money.
“This enables them to learn those life skills.”