Ending Youth Homelessness Together

In the UK every year, 83,000 homeless young people find themselves trapped in dire circumstances both at home and on the streets.

In the UK every year, 83,000 homeless young people find themselves trapped in dire circumstances both at home and on the streets.

Our Aims

We work towards 3 main targets: prevention, housing and work.


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.

1 in 100 people experience homelessness every year.  27% eat fewer than two meals a day.  33% of people have slept rough.

As the biggest short term issue is homelessness, we work hard to ensure these young people have somewhere to live. EYH Members provide safe and supported accommodation, housing and foyers to 26,000 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.

Once they’re ready, Often, young people often 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, last year EYH launched the Rent Deposit Scheme (RDS). The RDS will support over 700 homeless young people to move into the private rented accommodation and allow EYH to act as their guarantor with their landlord.



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.

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 or 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.

More than 40% of homeless young people are not in education, employment or training.  Only 5% of homeless people are in employment.  29% have no qualifications together.

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.


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 (53%)
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.

Our Funds

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.

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Our Programs

We have been successful in rolling out a portfolio of National Services for homeless young people, delivered by our Members.

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Our Impact

We help change the lives for young people all over the UK.

Read their Stories

Michael's Story

When Michael’s relationship with his mother broke down a few weeks before his 18th birthday, he was taken into local authority care. But because he turned 18 after just four weeks in care, he had to leave his foster home...

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Steven's Story

When Steven was five his Mum died, his Dad was in prison and he was put into care. He was later adopted but suffered abuse so at the age of 16 Steven ran away and ended up living on the streets...

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Becky's Story

Becky was taken into care at the age of 15 after her dad physically abused her. At 16, she went into supported lodgings, but was soon spending a lot of time with her uncle, a known heroin user...

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Theresa's Story

My story starts when my dad died when I was 19 years old. I was pregnant with my second child and my dad got to choose her name before he died. After this my life went downhill and I split up with my partner (the father of my children) in 2009...

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