Our third annual Young & Homeless report explores the reasons young people become homeless, the support available to them, and areas that need to be improved.
Young and homeless research
Based on responses from 207 frontline homelessness charities and local authority housing departments, the 2014 report provides a picture of the experiences of young homeless people in England.
- 52% of those seeking help with homelessness are under 25.
- Councils are preventing homelessness amongst homeless young people in just 1 in 5 cases.
- More than half of young people become homeless because of a relationship breakdown, mainly with their parents.
- Homeless young people face a range of complex problems – more than 6 in 10 are not in education, employment or training for example.
- Half of agencies believe the problems faced by young people have got worse since last year.
- Charities report that homelessness caused by financial problems due to benefit reductions has increased six-fold. 90% believe sanctions have affected young people's ability to access accommodation.
- 74% of homelessness organisations were unable to support a young person due to limited capacity.
We have seen a number of improvements since our report in 2013:
- Half of areas are now using the recommended 'positive pathway' approach to helping vulnerable young people.
- A third charities report increasing support for young people.
- 92% of local authorities are now carrying out home visits, a 20% increase from last year.
- 97% now have a joint protocol between their housing and children’s services departments to ensure homelessness 16 and 17 year olds receive the care they are owed under the children’s act 1989
More needs to be done
The report calls for a number of improvements, including:
- More prevention services, such as mediation, to reduce incidents of family breakdown.
- Schools and other types of youth provision should increase education on homelessness.
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Francesca is our Research Manager and has responsibility for Homeless Link’s research programme.
020 7840 4422