Half of Young People Facing Homelessness Denied Help

More than half of the young people facing homelessness who looked for help in the UK at their local council last year received no meaningful assistance, according to a report.

More than 100,000 people aged 16 to 24 turned to local authorities for assistance in 2017-18, research by Centrepoint found. This is likely to be a significant underestimate of the actual size of the youth population facing homelessness, as it doesn’t include massive numbers of people who have turned to friends and family or even private charities for assistance. Official figures only count the number accepted as homeless and offered a home, totalling 13,000 in 2017-18.

The new research was based on freedom of information requests from 90% of English councils, together with information centrally collected by the Scottish and Welsh governments and Northern Ireland.

Only 13% of young people who went to local councils when facing homelessness were deemed eligible to be housed.

The low estimate of 100,000 young people seeking help for homelessness in 2017-18 compares with 86,000 the previous year, although researchers emphasize the increase reflects better data, not necessarily an increase in need.



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