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Youth homelessness: the Solution

How Centrepoint supports homeless young people

Getting a homeless young person into accommodation is just the first step. From there, we need to make sure that young people are ready to live independently, with access to support when needed.

Zinnia's story

Aged five, Zinnia’s mum kicked her and her dad out. Aged nine, Zinnia was placed into foster care. After the birth of her child, Zinnia became homeless. But after coming to Centrepoint, today Zinnia has her own flat and her dream job.

How to end youth homelessness

Centrepoint provides housing for homeless young people: a graphic representing that young people move on positively after leaving Centrepoint.


Safe and sustainable accommodation is the first, crucial step to breaking the cycle of homelessness. The lack of private and social housing is a huge barrier to homeless young people.

An icon representing that Centrepoint helps homeless young adults to access education and find a job.

Jobs and skills

With the complex challenges they face, homeless young people need extra support to help them get ready for work and find sustainable employment.

An icon representing that Centrepoint helps homeless young people with their finances, welfare and benefits.

Welfare and benefits

The benefits system is a lifeline for homeless young people as many don’t receive support from friends and family. But the system is far too complicated.

An icon representing Centrepoint provides support from those leaving supported accommodation.

Ongoing support

After leaving supported accommodation, young people still need specialist support services in order to have the tools and confidence they need to live independently.

An image of Tamara, who has experience of being homeless as a young mother.

How we help homeless young people

Centrepoint is the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity. We provide accommodation, health support and life skills to get homeless young people back into education, training and employment.

Learn more

A homeless young person in the street. Health support, life skills and access to education, training and employment are all essential to ending youth homelessness.

Centrepoint research

Our research is key to understanding youth homelessness and its causes - these help us develop the policy solutions needed to bring about change. Take a look at our extensive collection of research documents to help understand the work we do.

Read our research

Centrepoint's homeless support services. Call our Helpline if you are ever in need of support.

The Centrepoint Helpline

Are you homeless, sofa surfing or at risk? We're here for you. We offer advice to anyone in England aged 16-25.

We can support you and give you help with housing. You can also get in touch if you're worried about a young person. 

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