Youth homelessness is complex and a different experience for every young people we support.
Here are some of those experiences, through the words of young people and the professionals who support them.
The last five decades have seen massive change to the UK housing market. No age group has been more affected by these changes than young people as they transition to adulthood and independence. As we mark our 50th year, we look back across the generations. Our poll of over 1,600 UK adults reveals the changing experiences of young people growing up and leaving home; from those who came of age in the 1970s to young people today
It's becoming increasing difficult for the young people Centrepoint support to move out of supported accommodation and begin the next chapter of their lives.
This report outlines the barriers to homeless young people accessing longer-term accommodation.
Youth violence and criminal exploitation are significant drivers of youth homelessness, and the loss of accommodation is a significant risk for the young people involved. Much has been done to highlight the risks of youth crime and violence, but the impacts on a young person’s housing situation should be made clearer.
The government is committed to supporting care leavers, yet almost a quarter of single homeless people have been in care. More could be done to prevent care leavers from becoming homeless by addressing a gap in the support available through the benefits system. Read our joint briefing here.
Young people leaving care or custody are at higher risk of homelessness. Our research shows that many young people do not receive the support they need before leaving care or custody to ensure they have access to safe and secure accommodation.
Our report shows that without support from parents, many young people leaving care are struggling to adapt to independent life.
We consulted a range of professionals supporting care leavers to find out what young people need to move on from care successfully.
More than 11,000 young people aged 16 and over left care last year, each of them in need of a safe and secure place to call home.
The number of young people sleeping rough in England increased by almost a third between 2016 and 2017. Evidence suggests even more young people are what we call the "hidden homeless" and unrepresented on official statistics.
Rough sleeping and sofa surfing have a huge impact on young people’s lives. It is crucial that more is done by local and central government to tackle the problem.
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The best way to protect young people from the devastating impact of homelessness is to stop it from happening at all.
To turn their lives around, homeless young people need access to accommodation, training and employment.