These have a deep emotional impact and may even drive them to suicide when compounded by a homeless situation. There is, however, a pressing need to educate the general population about homelessness, and help them see it is a problem that effects ordinary people like themselves. The 2002 Housing Act, it has been shown above, said that Local Authorities and other public bodies and voluntary organisations need to work together to help to prevent homelessness and to provide suitable and secure homes, along with any other type of support that might be required. At a country level, numbers have reduced in England and Wales but have remained similar in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Homelessness is particularly linked to depression, with a variety of negative thought patterns including the feeling of stagnation described above.
Impact of Homelessness The impact of homelessness is an ongoing cause for concern. For some young people, social networks are fractured, but many gain support from new sources particularly support workers. In addition, the charity Crisis suggests that the length of time someone stays homeless can influence how long they are likely to continue to remain homeless for: that is, the longer someone is homeless, the more likely they are to remain homeless. Centrepoint created the Youth Homelessness Databank in 2014 because no one was counting how many people that were homeless or at risk of homelessness went to their local council for help. Now Local Authorities are required to provide housing to these groups until they find suitable alternative accommodation Hester 2007.
In addition, it can be argued that there is a real need to educate the general public about homelessness to counteract negative associations and perhaps even get them involved in helping the homeless perhaps by organising fundraising activities. Individuals wandering from house to house seeking shelter from relatives and acquaintances are deemed homeless as well. These problems often overlap, making it more difficult for young people to access help and increasing the chances of them becoming homeless. The success of provision was widely agreed to depend to a significant degree upon the quality of individual project staff and their relationship with young people. The region with the highest proportion is Scotland 15.
You may have places to stay if you're homeless, but even if you're couch surfing you can still be at risk — and not having a permanent address can seriously damage your chances in life. Other circumstances include teenage pregnancy, or they may have been told to leave by their parents or they may decide they want a place of their own so they would have to put their name on a waiting list or they are placed in a hostel or shelter until they can be provided with housing. If you or someone you know is sleeping rough, sofa-surfing or at risk for homelessness, visit or call for support and advice. There are also significant differences between homelessness in urban and rural areas Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2008. Conforming to family and gender roles, my father brought in the main source of income whilst my mother stayed at home, looking after myself and my siblings.
In addition, we do know that depending on the jurisdiction, many teenagers may lose the support of the child welfare system as they get older, or if they opt out. For many, this is a consequence of long-term conflict within the home, and often involves violence. The term now has a wider meaning: sleeping out in the cold is no longer the only face of homelessness. The monitoring of initiatives was improving at both the national and local level, though developing more appropriate measures for preventative work, and incorporating more qualitative outcomes into such measures were seen as future priorities. The scale of youth homelessness Existing data on youth homelessness has significant limitations; in particular it is only possible to count young people who are in contact with services.
Finally, You can read more about the official causes of youth homelessness on the page. How does a young person become homeless? I ask myself, is this playing a part in maintaining the social stereotypes we all know about homeless people? They are organised under headings that are related to the articles that I post over on the. As I mention above, my family very much conformed to gender roles and stereotypes. Causes of Youth Homelessness So, what do we really know about the causes of youth homelessness? This, to me, cannot possibly mean that increasing numbers of family relationships are breaking down, or that more and more young people are drinking and taking drugs. During my childhood, I had a very typical family dynamic. Evidence also suggests that homelessness compounds these characteristics and experiences, and this is examined in more detail in this section.
In recent months, the government has taken steps towards addressing youth homelessness, but there is still a huge task ahead. Issues of mental health play a part in leading homeless young people to become addicted to drugs or alcohol Fitzpatrick, 2009. Depression and other mental health problems are prevalent, as are substance misuse issues. People who are impoverished are frequently unable to pay for necessities such as housing, food, childcare, health care, and education. Some authorities with planned strategies have been able to move further to help a wider range of homeless people, especially in areas where there are high levels of homelessness and demand for social housing. As they have no fixed address or telephone number to use as a contact, getting a job or a reference will be difficult for them. Other times they are portrayed as young adventurers, who leave home to explore the world and seek out the bright lights of the big city.
However, qualitative evidence indicates that some young homeless people may experience short periods of rough sleeping before securing temporary accommodation. This study included a review of available statistics and literature and six detailed case studies Belfast, Edinburgh, Lambeth, Leicester, Sedgefield and Swansea , including interviews and focus groups with a total of 148 young people including those with and without children and 121 agency representatives. The Government therefore aimed to commit to decreasing homelessness for young people including promoting measures such as more accommodation provision to ensure their housing and wider support needs are met and managing the transition of young people between temporary and settled accommodation to ensure continued access to the services they need Fitzpatrick 2005. To summarise, there are a number of factors which lead to homelessness, and they are complex in nature. This has not, however, been matched by reductions in Scotland or Northern Ireland. Homelessness in Young People: Demographics A distinction is drawn between statutory and non-statutory homeless.
This distinction is defined by the 1985 Housing Act, using vulnerability as a criteria. The figures on youth homelessness can be deceptive. Limited data also suggests that considerably more young people may experience rough sleeping over the course of a year than on any given night. Becoming homeless meant she lost her job and could not attend school. Housing A critical shortage of housing that is affordable, safe and stable directly contributes to homelessness. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
War and persecution abroad Around 13 per cent of young people at Centrepoint are refugees or have leave to remain, meaning it isn't safe to return home. In addition, and according to a Stanford University study conducted in 1991, it was suggested that young street sleepers are more vulnerable to diseases in general, but particularly to venereal disease, as they are far more likely to engage in prostitution as a means of funding. Homelessness is therefore associated with a complex mix of problems faced by young people, with mental health problems and substance misuse problems particularly significant. As well as social and family problems, they may have existing issues with low self esteem and feelings of worthless. Many people in this situation do not get mental help, perhaps because of their financial situation, or perhaps because their mental problems mean they find it difficult to navigate the system offering them assistance. We support and provide not only a safe place to stay, but we also support young people to tackle any physical or mental health problems they have.