On World Homeless Day on Thursday 10 October, three young people from St Basil’s Youth Voice took over our Twitter to answer your questions about their experiences of homelessness.
St Basil’s Youth Voice is made up of young people between 16-25 years old that have experienced homelessness, sharing their lived experience to support and bring about change.
Answering your questions were Jodie, Archie and Noemi who were helped by the Youth Voice programme when they were homeless.
Q: Why do you think it's difficult to raise awareness for youth homelessness? What do you think could be done to improve this?
Jodie: Because a lot of us hide it well.
Noemi: The way people view homelessness means you don't really think of young people, you think of older people.
Archie: As lads we are trained not to talk about your feelings. I think this is getting better but the language is not in place to help - if I have a bad mental health day I don't know how to speak about that to someone. You don't want to talk about it so I carried this all around until I exploded.
Q: How did you feel the first day you stepped into your new accommodation after asking for help?
Jodie: When I moved into supported accommodation, I was dreading it! It was terrifying. But when I moved into my own place I was relieved! I've never felt comfort like getting those keys. I find it really hard to leave home because I love it so much now.
Noemi: When I moved into supported accommodation - I was terrified. But getting my first place I was so relieved, it was lovely!