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 responses highlighted some deep concerns for the sector, including:

  • 48% of hom...

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