Preventing youth homelessness

Tower Hamlets Council has commissioned accommodation and support service to help prevent and reduce young people from becoming homeless.

The Service, run by One Housing Group, aims to eliminate  the need for bed and breakfast and temporary accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds, it will facilitate a safe return home where possible, and help young people into longer term accommodation.

The service is aimed at, although not restricted to, young people aged between 16 and 21 and a minimum of 10 young people will be housed at a time.

A ‘crash pad facility’ consisting of two bed spaces is also available for emergency cases and short term accommodation (24-48 hours).

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:

“We are committed to doing all we can to tackle youth homelessness. This service will help protect some of our most vulnerable young people and offer the support and skills they need to fulfil their potential.”

Councillor Siraj Islam, Statutory Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing said:

“Intervening when a child is about to become homeless is a critical support service that can change their life and ensure they meet their potential. I am pleased that we have commissioned this service.”

Councillor Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor for Regeneration and Air Quality added:

“Bed and breakfast accommodation is limited in its support for vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness. This service will provide important support and is a great step forward in our strategy to combat homelessness.”     

Martin D'Mello, Group Director of Housing Care & Support at One Housing, said:

"It was great to show Councillor Blake the work One Housing does on the front line of youth homelessness. The support to develop skills, independence and social inclusion that she saw is key to young people building a better life and an eventual end to homelessness.”

In 2015/16, more than half of all reported homelessness cases in Tower Hamlets were under the age of 35, and almost a quarter of cases were aged between 18 and 25.

Research by homelessness charity, Crises, found that insecure employment, declining welfare support and rising private sector rents had contributed to an increase in the number of young people from being homeless or at the risk of being homeless. 

Posted on Monday 16th July 2018