To end youth homelessness, we need to know how many young people experience homelessness and what happens to them when they seek help.
Our Youth Homelessness Databank brings together all the information available to build the clearest picture possible. The project was the 2014 winner of Google's Impact Challenge.
Nobody knows exactly how many young people are homeless in the UK. This means many government decisions are made in the dark. The Databank brings together data from central government and local councils to explore the true scale of youth homelessness. Use the Databank to find out the numbers in your local area, compare the situations in different regions and see what kind of support is being offered.
The government's figures are based upon the number of young people considered 'statutory homeless'. This means they meet strict criteria including age, needs and how they became homeless - you can be homeless, but not be considered statutory homeless. We think all young people that approach their local council as homeless or at risk should be carefully assessed but our research indicates this is not happening. We're concerned that some of the most disadvantaged people, least able to represent themselves, are turned away with little or no support, meaning the scale of the issue is being substantially under-reported.
The Youth Homelessness Databank is part of our ambitions to understand, alleviate 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.