Centrepoint campaigns to influence national and local government policy that affects homeless young people.
We focus on areas of policy including housing, family and health. We also campaign to ensure homeless young people are getting the right support when it comes to their benefits and personal finance, education, skills and employment opportunities.
Centrepoint’s Youth Homelessness Databank collects local data from across the UK on the scale of youth homelessness. It also provides an insight into the type of interactions young people are having with their local councils and what support is being offered.
We are calling on the government to give homeless young people the Chance to Move On from homelessness, by ensuring the welfare safety net, including Universal Credit, covers the real cost of renting locally. Join us to campaign for change.
Young people are most likely to lose their job during the coronavirus crisis. Yet under-25s receive less Universal Credit to help with food and bills. Without family support, many face hunger and homelessness.
It's time to ask your MP: Will you stand up for homeless young people? Email them with our helpful template here.
The stats for homeless young people are shocking. Our research estimates 110,000 young people asked for help from their local council in 2018/19 because they were homeless or at risk.
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Centrepoint’s new report reveals the true scale of youth homelessness in local areas across the UK. Every year over 100,000 young people aged 16-24 ask the council for help with homelessness. We examine the shocking number of homeless young people in 2019-20.
Centrepoint’s policy and research officer Billy Harding talks about our new research on the impacts of Coronavirus on youth homelessness in England.