Report finds councils are failing to prevent young people becoming homeless
A report has found that less than one in five cases of youth homelessness are being prevented by council’s housing services.
Research by homeless charity Homeless Link has found, via a survey of over 200 English charity and council homeless agencies, that local authorities are preventing homeless amongst young people in just 19% of cases, reports Inside Housing.
Homelessness prevention can mean assisting people to stay in their own homes or help to find an alternative means of accommodation.
Rick Henderson, chief executive of umbrella-group Homeless Link, said: “This report shows that far too many young people are being affected by homelessness and that councils and charities across England are struggling to respond. We know that a focus on prevention works, yet many areas are missing an opportunity to tackle the issue before it develops.”
Over half of people approaching council and charities in August were under 25, with foud in ten local authorities believing they don’t have the tools they need to prevent youth homelessness.
The research also found that increased rates of benefit sanctions could be adding to homelessness numbers – charities reported that homelessness caused by benefit reductions has increased six-fold from 1.7% of cases in 2013 to 10% in 2014.
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