We help young homeless people who are amongst the most vulnerable and poverty stricken in society. Many experience long-term problems at home, often involving violence, leaving them without family support networks that most of us take for granted. The consequences of homelessness can be brutal. It damages young people’s resilience and self-confidence and our statistics show that there is an increase in young people experiencing poor mental health. Issues leading to homelessness might include offending, family breakdown, leaving care and experiencing close family bereavement.

The majority of the young people we see finding themselves without a home do not sleep on the streets.  Many stay with friends and family, often moving regularly and never feeling safe or settled anywhere and are known as the "hidden homeless" which usually precedes rough sleeping. Such instability makes it difficult for them to stay in education or obtain an income and jobs. Young people report feeling ‘lost in the system’ as they try to resolve their homelessness themselves.

Many young homeless people, especially those aged 18+, are ineligible for statutory services as they are not classed as being in "priority need".  This means that there are few services working pro-actively to help them.

Homeless young people’s different support needs often impact upon one another, creating a complex web of disadvantage. Therefore, a personalised, consistent approach is essential to avoid tenancy failure and improve confidence as they gain new skills.