Centrepoint’s accommodation-based support helps young people move on from homelessness and reach a level of independence where they can move into longer term accommodation with minimal or no support.
But currently one in five young people are ready to move into independence but can’t do so because of:
- Low wages, higher rates of unemployment and insecure employment
- High rents and upfront costs, particularly in cities like London and Manchester
- Lack of social housing
- Lower benefit rates for young people, even those that have been homeless
- Private landlords not willing to lend to young people, particularly those who have lived in supported accommodation
This affects the ability of supported housing providers to take on new young people in need of support, and can have damaging impacts on the wellbeing, development and progress made toward independence of those young people struggling to move on.