LYG news
30/09/2015

Preventing youth homelessness

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Youth homelessness remains a growing problem whether in terms of rough sleeping, invisible homelessness or related housing needs. The London Youth Gateway supports many young people into suitable accommodation, including helping a safe return to the family home and New Horizon Youth Centre’s PRS provision. We also offer emergency accommodation, for instance at Depaul Nightstop hosts or via the Albert Kennedy Trust Purple Door project.

 

Homelessness prevention is however at the heart of  the London Youth Gateway ethos and services. We offer a wide range of activities, including:

  • advice services specialising in supporting young people – including benefit advice, debt support and financial literacy development
  • family mediation, advocacy, floating  support
  • support in addressing underlying problems such as mental health, low self-esteem, emotional and/or behavioural issues
  • development of independent living skills – including targeted workshops
  • youth homelessness prevention work at schools and colleges

 
Our beneficiaries tell us our work in this area is effective: nearly 6,500 of the young people we supported during the last two years reported that they have gained improved skills and understanding to avoid homelessness and/or sustain their current accommodation.
 
Most of our prevention activities are accessible to young people still at home, in hostels or other accommodation, and/or to those who present as homeless at local authority services but who are not in priority need. We are thus perfectly equipped to complement local authority services by offering the kind of holistic activities needed to prevent and address youth homelessness.
 
Keen to hear more about how we do this? Please contact the London Youth Gateway Coordinator (lyg@nhyouthcentre.org.uk or tel 020 7388 5560) and/or sign up for our quarterly e-bulletin here

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