Ending Youth Homelessness Together
Last year in the UK, 121,000 young people faced homelessness. The number is rising year on year, and we are working to put a stop to it.
We work towards 4 main targets: housing, health, work and prevention.
To end youth homelessness in the long term, we need to provide young people with a safe place to call home. From this secure base, we can begin supporting them to overcome the enormous barriers they face.
Tragically, 121,000 young people approached their local authority last year because they were homeless or at serious risk.
As the biggest short term issue is shelter, we work hard to ensure these young people have somewhere to live. EYH Members provide safe and supported accommodation, housing and foyers to 30,000 young people across the country. From these secure bases, we can begin supporting young people to overcome the trauma that let led them to being homeless and the enormous barriers they face.
Often, young people find it difficult to ‘move on’ from our supported accommodation into social housing or the private rented sector because the rents are too high. To address this, in 2017 EYH launched the Rent Deposit Scheme (RDS). The scheme helped over 400 homeless young people to move into private rented accommodation. The scheme has now transitioned into the Housing Fund, which aims to support even more homeless young people into a place of their own.
Find out more about the Housing Fund HERE.
One of the most pressing issues facing homeless young people is poor physical and mental health. EYH helps young people stabilise their lives and learn to live healthily.
More than 80% of homeless young people have a diagnosed mental health problem. 31% have a physical health problem. 18% have attempted suicide.
Mental and physical health problems can create barriers to accessing further education, employment and independence. Furthermore, the chaotic nature of sofa surfing and moving between temporary accommodations means that many young people struggle to eat healthily, maintain personal hygiene, exercise regularly or access professional health advice.
In order for young people to move on to successful and independent lives, it is essential that they access health services and take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. Our charities provide a wide range of services to tackle physical and mental health problems; enabling young people to access NHS services, supporting young people to manage pre-existing conditions and supporting young people to develop and maintain healthy relationships.
EYH helps young people work towards their career and education goals. We know that to end youth homelessness we need to equip young people with the skills they need to live independently.
The disruption caused by unstable home lives and temporary living conditions can mean that many drop out of school or college and attain far fewer qualifications than the average young person. With few qualifications and often little work experience, securing paid employment is often out of reach for homeless young people.
Yet we know that each young person has their own talents, dreams and aspirations. EYH charities provide a wide range of services to enable young people to work towards their own goals. We believe that supporting homeless young people into training and employment is as important as helping them to find a place to call home.
To address the gaps in education, emloyment and training, EYH launched its Employability Fund. Click to find out more.
EYH helps at-risk young people and their families to overcome problems before they reach crisis point.
The main causes of youth homelessness are:
1. Parents, other relatives or friends no longer willing or able to accommodate a young person (54%)
2. Landlords terminating rental agreements (12%)
3. Violent breakdown of a relationship involving a partner (10%)
We understand that to end youth homelessness we need to tackle the issue before homelessness starts – by providing support, mediation, education and the right person to talk to. Here, the aim is that families have the support they need so that young people at risk are identified and supported before the point of crisis.
Early intervention is an approach shared across EYH member charities and key to ending youth homelessness.
EYH member charities provide much more than just accommodation. We have created a number of funds to highlight the multifaceted nature of our work and allow supporters to engage with the EYH services that most resonate with them.Find Out More
We help change the lives for young people all over the UK.
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