General Article Youth homelessness on the rise in England

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The findings reveal the extent to which rising homelessness is affecting young people aged 16–24.

According to Young & Homeless report, a survey of 79 homeless charities and 108 local authority housing services found that, over the past year:

  • Nearly half of homelessness services (44%) and councils (48%) have seen an increase in young people seeking help because they are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless;
  • The number one cause for homelessness among this age group is relationship breakdowns with family and friends, and cases of this have increased;
  • The majority (62%) of young homeless clients seen by charities were not in education, employment or training, and 46% were in financial difficulties; and
  • A quarter of young clients (26%) seen by services had experience of sleeping rough.

The study also looked at how services are responding to increased demand among this age group and their res

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