To end youth homelessness, we need to know how many people experience homelessness and what happens to them when they seek help.
Our Youth Homeless Databank brings together all the information available to build the clearest picture possible.
Centrepoint’s Youth Homelessness Databank collects local data from across the UK concerning the scale and impact of homelessness among young people. Research will give vital insights into the kind interactions and support homeless young people have had with their local councils.
Our research estimates 103,000 young people asked for help from their local council in 2017/18 because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness. This is the only estimate of its kind, and we hope it will help to promote better supported living for young people.
Our data has provided a unique insight into the true scale of youth homelessness. Since the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act in April 2018, councils should now support every young person who seeks help with housing. But this will represent a huge increase in work for local authorities, and the government needs to do more to support them.
In April 2018 the Homelessness Reduction Act came into force, putting an important focus on the prevention of homelessness. Crucially, local authorities now have a duty to prevent and relieve homelessness for all eligible young people. This has the potential to save lives, as long as the government puts enough funding behind the Act.
The Youth Homelessness Databank is part of our ambitions to understand and eventually end youth homelessness. To have the biggest possible impact we support homeless young people into accommodation and work, help them improve their health and campaign to make their voices heard.
Read more about the analysis approach for the data in our report 'Making Homeless Young People count . Here we discuss how we estimated the scale of youth homelessness and other findings in the report.