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Coronavirus: Charity warns pandemic could increase homelessness in Yorkshire

Coronavirus: Charity warns pandemic could increase homelessness in Yorkshire

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 11:32am 31st March 2020.

A charity is warning the coronavirus outbreak could increase the number of homeless young people in Yorkshire and the Humber. 

  • Homeless charity Centrepoint says the coronavirus outbreak could increase youth homelessness in Yorkshire.  
  • 1.8% of young people in the region are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • More than 9,000 young people in the region went to their local authority for help last year. 

New figures from Centrepoint show at least 9453 young people across Yorkshire and the Humber approached their local authority for help last year because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness.

In the region, 1.8% of young people aged between 16-24 are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

The charity is launching a Youth Homelessness Databank today.  

Centrepoint’s Chief Executive Seyi Obakin said:

“The government is repeatedly telling everyone to stay at home – but that is simply not possible for some of the country’s most vulnerable young people.

“Alongside the common causes of youth homelessness, we are already hearing from young people who have been evicted from accommodation tied to their work or who have been forced to leave where they were staying as the people they live with wish to self-isolate.

“The government are already stepping up support for homeless young people but they need to go further and ensure every local authority continues to provide support and by ensuring that charities and councils have enough funding to carry out their responsibilities.”  

Last week Centrepoint led a national coalition of homelessness charities in signing a letter calling on the government to provide clearer guidance for local authorities, and to make sure emergency funding is available to enable those who are homeless or living in homeless hostel accommodation to effectively self-isolate.