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.
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.
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.
With the complex challenges they face, homeless young people need extra support to help them get ready for work and find sustainable employment.
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.
After leaving supported accommodation, young people still need specialist support services in order to have the tools and confidence they need to live independently.
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.
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.
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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