In 2016, Scott Moon went into Manchester with friends. Little did he realise that this night out would be the catalyst that kick started Building For Humanity.
Scott explains: “Everywhere I turned, there were homeless people sleeping in the doorways and begging for money. The group of friends I was with all agreed that there must be something we could do to help.”
Over the next 12 months he looked into setting up a homeless charity, researching existing charities, the service they provide and how they’re funded. He realised that most were grant and donation driven – but had a vision to create something more sustainable.
Scott, whose background is in the construction industry, started thinking about the availability of affordable housing and the lack of temporary accommodation available to councils for those in need.
He said: “The more I looked into it, the more I realised that all councils have waiting lists for temporary accommodation. For those councils without the housing stock available, they are forced to turn to the private sector – often paying inflated rates to meet the demand.”
Scott’s answer was simple – he would set up a not-for-profit company that would build affordable homes.