Natalie was forced to flee an abusive ex-partner but now has the safe accommodation she needs.
Family breakdown is the number one cause of youth homelessness, meaning it is no longer safe for a young person to stay in their family home. Yet, when looking for housing in the private rented sector, they find their options are scarce. Even in work, they can struggle to afford a place of their own.
LandAid has given a grant to New Horizon Youth Centre to fund a year’s salary for a Housing Support Worker in their Private Rented Sector (PRS) team. The Housing Support Worker will work with young people experiencing homelessness to help them find safe and suitable housing within the private sector, and support them to maintain their tenancies.
The PRS Housing Support Worker will help secure 30 new tenancies for young homeless people in 2017/18, in addition to managing the 36 existing tenancies they have already found for young people. Having safe housing provides young people with the security they need to find or maintain employment, pursue their careers and earn more to support themselves in the future.