The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has awarded Nightstop North East a prestigious Big Society Award.
The project provides safe emergency accommodation for homeless young people aged 16-25.
Volunteers provide a safe place to sleep, washing facilities and breakfast for up to 14 nights.
The team of 31 volunteers across Tyne & Wear and County Durham, has now expanded to include Teesside as well as Northumberland and County Durham.
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Emergency services were rushed to the property on Belle Grove West, Newcastle at 12.27am on Monday and put out the flames.
The couple held hands throughout the hearing, pleading not guilty to all charges in connection with the death of Jackson Curtis Howell.
The 57-year-old, from Redcar, was arrested on Monday morning on suspicion of two counts of sexual assault. He remains in police custody.