Councils turn away majority of homeless young people

Nearly six out of 10 young people facing homelessness who ask UK councils for help receive little or no support, a Centrepoint investigation has found. The youth homelessness charity’s claim is based on 217 Freedom of Information request responses from English local authorities and data from the devolved nations. Centrepoint estimates that in 2016/17 at least 86,000 young people sought help from local authorities due to homelessness or the risk of becoming homeless. However, 58 per cent of these 16- to 24-year-olds were turned away without any practical support. A third got a documented housing assessment and 13 per cent were housed. Read more.

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