Youth Homelessness

Ignoring Young Voters Is A Gamble Politicians Can No Longer Afford To Take

Seyi Obakin | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK Politics
Seyi Obakin

Politicians have more to do to earn the trust of young people. Metro-mayors, notably Andy Burnham in Manchester, have placed homelessness squarely at the centre of priorities for the city-region. Given the result of the General Election, will any future government want to gamble its electoral success by ignoring voters who will be around for many elections to come?

'We Are Facing A System In Denial': Hidden Homelessness In UK Is At Crisis Point

Seyi Obakin | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK
Seyi Obakin

Centrepoint's research shows that for each one of those young people we see on the streets, dozens more are sleeping on the sofas of extended family and friends and, in some cases, in the beds of strangers.

Did Cathy Come Home? Homelessness Revisited

Dave Clements | Posted 04.12.2016 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

Across the political spectrum the homeless tend to be treated as passive recipients, whether of abuse or pity. While bad housing and welfare policy are creating more homelessness, it is often the critics of these policies that are creating homeless victims.

Homelessness Reduction Bill Could Change The Way We Think About Homelessness, If The Government Funding Follows

Paul Noblet | Posted 30.10.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

For too long homelessness and rough sleeping have been seen primarily by governments of all political colours as something to deal with at the point of crisis when someone has already been forced out of the home, either as a result of economic struggles or family breakdown.

Persuade, Bully or Cajole the Government? However They Do It, London's New Mayor Can Solve Our Youth Homelessness Crisis

Paul Noblet | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

Today the Capital's streets are in crisis - the number of under-25s sleeping rough in one of the richest cities in the world has more than doubled since the last mayoral election. Whoever succeeds Boris Johnson in May won't just have the platform to express concern and talk about change, they'll have the power, the public support, and a multi-million pound budget to work with London's boroughs to make homelessness and rough sleeping a thing of the past. But how should they do it and where should they start?

Budget Won't Create a Youth Homelessness Funding Crisis - We're Already Facing One

Paul Noblet | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

The aftermath of the Budget will be dominated by talk of who is better or worse off, but will it come too late for some of the most vulnerable people in our society? Support for youth homelessness is not on the verge of a funding crisis. It's already in one.

Increase in Young People Rough Sleeping is a Wake-up Call for Politicians

Denise Hatton | Posted 18.06.2016 | UK
Denise Hatton

We see evidence of this in the latest Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) report. This report, released yesterday (18 June 2015) by the Greater London Authority (GLA), records the number of verified rough sleepers in London across 2014/15.

Everybody Loses When Young People Are Out of Work

Denise Hatton | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Politics
Denise Hatton

If this government is committed to doing this and giving young people a decent start in life, this Queen's Speech needs to first focus on providing them with a safe and stable environment that allows young people the chance to flourish and reach their full potential - to which Housing Benefit plays an important role.

Homeless and Alone: Teenagers Are Being Let Down

Matthew Reed | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Matthew Reed

Our shocking findings show that an estimated 12,000 16 and 17-year-olds - enough to fill Wembley arena - have asked their council for help in finding a new home for them. But more than half are turned away without even being assessed.

Three Million Reasons to Take Young Voters Seriously

Paul Noblet | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

Over half of young people are still undecided as to who they will vote for in May it is in the interest of both young people and politicians to work together to get as many under-25s as possible reconnected with politics and registered to vote.

Why There Are Fewer Safe Places for Teenagers in Crisis

Andy McCullough | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Andy McCullough

The charity Railway Children, which works with children who run away and end up on the streets, this week launches the report Reaching Safe Places. Funded by the charity's corporate partner Aviva, the report also involved a group of young researchers with personal experience of running away and homelessness.

When Making It to 40 Is a Privilege

Bisi Alimi | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Bisi Alimi

We are kicking our kids out; we are turning our backs on them and rejecting the builders of the future mainly because we could not understand their sexual orientation or gender identity. Homelessness creates a state of vulnerability for these young people and makes them easy prey for malicious adults.

How My Spare Room Is Changing the Lives of Young Homeless People

The Rt Revd Mark Bryant | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK
The Rt Revd Mark Bryant

It is dangerously easy to get overwhelmed by how tough life is. For this reason, I just love it when I discover something very simple that enables me and others to make a real difference to the lives of people in our communities.

More Brits Are 'On The Edge Of Losing Their Home'

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics

Citizens Advice is seeing increasing cries for help from people who are on the edge of losing their home, despite the improving economy. During 201...

Ebbsfleet: Start of a Housing Bloom or Shed at the Bottom of the National Garden?

Paul Noblet | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Noblet

The Chancellor's plan to build Britain's first garden city in 100 years in Ebbsfleet has been welcomed by some with open arms. The promise of more homes in the south east is a good thing, but 15,000 new homes barely scratch the surface of the real number of properties needed across the country.

A Fair Deal for the Young and Homeless

Rick Henderson | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Rick Henderson

If we want young people to overcome homelessness, society also needs to provide support. In many cases this doesn't just mean having a roof over your head, it also means providing the help someone needs to move into adulthood. Whether this is help to get into education, training or employment, or to overcome other issues such as substance misuse.

One Night's Sleep a Small Sacrifice to Make for UK's Homeless Young People

Seyi Obakin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Seyi Obakin

Every year in the UK 80,000 young people experience homelessness, a fact known to too few but one that should trouble all of us. Tonight members of the public in eight cities will make their feelings known by giving up their beds and spending a night on the street in the largest national Sleep Out of its kind.

Using Your Spare Room to Combat Youth Homelessness

Martin Houghton-Brown | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK
Martin Houghton-Brown

With 25 million spare rooms in England and an estimated 80,000 young people who are homeless, with Nightstop we have at least one solution to keep young people safe.

Welfare Reform, Homelessness and the Research Time-Lag

Emma Jackson | Posted 25.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Jackson

It is highly unlikely that cutting off benefits would stop all desperate young people leaving intolerable domestic circumstances. In places like London, we could expect to see an increase in youth street homelessness. Meanwhile, those who do stay at home and are at risk from their own families or peers would be left stuck in an unsafe situation.

Schoolgirl Sleeps Rough

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 01.12.2011 | UK

Schoolgirl Rachel Claringbull is spending a night on the streets to raise awareness - and money - for a homeless charity, with just a cardboard box fo...