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Experiences of youth homelessness

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.

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Talkin 'bout My Generation

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

Talkin' 'bout my generation

An image of a boy who Centrepoint have helped recover from homelessness.

Ready to move on

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. 

Download now

A homeless young person supported by Centrepoint. The government’s flagship youth unemployment programme – The Youth Obligation –aims to provide unemployed 18 to 21 years with intensive work search support to help them find a job.

Escaping the trap

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.

Read our report

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Care Leavers & The Shared Accommodation Rate

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.

Read the briefing here

Young people leaving care or custody

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.

From care to where?

Our report shows that without support from parents, many young people leaving care are struggling to adapt to independent life.

Views from the frontline

We consulted a range of professionals supporting care leavers to find out what young people need to move on from care successfully. 

Young adults leaving custody

Many young custody leavers face severe challenges in accessing accommodation on release.

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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.

Sofa surfing and young people

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. 

Out of reach

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.

Hidden homelessness in London

Hidden homeless people are those without a place to call home, but who are hidden from official statistics and not receiving support.

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Our areas of research

Preventing youth homelessness

The best way to protect young people from the devastating impact of homelessness is to stop it from happening at all.

Tackling youth homelessness

To turn their lives around, homeless young people need access to accommodation, training and employment.

The Databank

Centrepoint’s Youth Homelessness Databank collects local data from across the UK on the scale of youth homelessness.