Research published by Homeless Link shows:
- 52% of those seeking help with homelessness are under 25.
- Councils are preventing homelessness amongst young people in just 19% of cases.
- Half of those living in homelessness services are under 25, at an average cost of at least £3,876 per case.
Young and Homeless 2014 shows that more than half of those who approached councils and charity services for help in August 2014 were under 25. This suggests the scale of youth homelessness is higher than reflected in official figures:
- Government figures record formal applications to councils. Homeless Link’s research takes into account those going directly to councils and homelessness services for help.
The report calls for mediation, advice and support services to be available in every local authority area to families and young people at risk of homelessness. Schools and other agencies working with young people should also play a part in preventing homelessness through education, as well as early identification and appropriate referral of those at risk.