Got a room for a homeless teen?
If you have a spare room in your home and want to make a difference to someone's life, then a London charity needs you.
Depaul UK is running a 'supported lodgings' scheme backed by Tower Hamlets Council which helps people to rent out a room to a young homeless person for a period of six months to two years.
Ailsa McWilliam, who works at the charity, said the homeowner receives a lot of support and the young people are carefully selected.
"The moment you say homeless it can be a bit scary," she said. "This scheme's not suitable for all people on the streets, but it can be for a lot who are just young people who have nowhere to go.
"Every area needs people to take them in but because of the poverty in Tower Hamlets and the surrounding area, it's even more important there."
Maureen Gordon (pictured above) has had a teenager stay at her home for nearly two years.
The 52 year-old, who is a single mother-of-one, says she has found it a very rewarding experience and the teenager, Rihanna - not her real name - is now part of the family.
"From the start she was quite outgoing and fitted in well within the home," said Maureen from Catford. "You wouldn't be any wiser she wasn't a family member - she even looks like one of us.
"For me it allows me to use my own upbringing and day-to-day skills to help a young person develop. And it's good to get their trust and use that trust to help them."
Maureen said after signing up with the charity you go through a screening process to match you with a young person. Meetings are then set up before both parties agree to proceed.
"It's been really good," said Maureen. "She's independent and goes to college now."
For Rihanna, now 18, it's been a fantastic experience.
"I think supported lodgings is a great way to gain independence and gives you the opportunity to meet new people as well as receive support and guidance," she said.
For more information on supported lodgings and the charity's short-term Nightstop scheme go to depauluk.org.