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Homelessness among young people up 57% in last five years - Citizens Advice

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

Homelessness among young people up 57% in last five years - Citizens Advice Homelessness among young people up 57% in last five years - Citizens Advice

The number of young people without a roof over their head has increased by 57% in the past five years, according to figures published by Citizens Advice.

The national charity attributes the sharp rise in homelessness amongst 17 to 24-year-olds to the "horribly tough" economic downturn.

Its figures show that 4,529 people asked for help during 2012/13, compared to 2,890 calls in 2007/08.

Citizens Advice also reports a 39% increase in the number of young people seeking help over the possibility of losing their home during the same period.

The charity claims that investing in strong support to help young people find work and access housing must go hand-in-hand if school-leavers and graduates are to be able to live independently and contribute to the economic recovery.

From 2007/08 to 2012/13, Citizens Advice Bureaux saw:

• A 57% increase in problems for young people due to actual homelessness;

• A 39% increase in problems for young people with threatened homelessness;

• A 49% increase in problems for young people with terms and conditions of employment;

• A 10% increase in problems for young people with pay and entitlements in employment.

Citizens Advice Chief Executive, Gillian Guy, said: “The hangover for young people resulting from the credit crunch will not lift overnight. For young people, despite recent welcome economic progress, the impact of the recession has been horribly tough.

“Not only are nearly one million young people out of work, but increasing numbers of them are also unable to put a roof over their head. The shocking state of our housing stock means social housing is severely limited whilst private renting is simply unaffordable for people on low incomes or out of work.

“Finding work and having a roof over your head go hand-in-hand. Getting employment in a jobs market still recovering from the recession is a daunting prospect and doing so without a place to live can be impossible. We need a system which focuses on building on each individual’s unique skills and talents to increase their chances of finding stable work.

“Supporting young people into work should be looked on not as a burden but as an investment in our country’s future. Without support and training to help people move out of education into work and paying taxes, securing the economic recovery and building a sustainable economy for the long-term will be significantly harder.

“Young people are interested what they can offer not what they can take. As Citizens Advice enters its 75th year, the number of young people volunteering with us is at a record high.”

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