New Help for Young People Facing Homelessness

  • 8 January 2021

For many young people facing homelessness, there is no statutory requirement to offer them housing support. These are vulnerable young people who fall through the gaps in the system.

We have launched a new service to help young people off the streets and into work, education and independent living. It will target young people who would otherwise not be eligible for accommodation support.

Supported Independence Flats are situated in our Aldershot accommodation. The service not only provides a safe and stable place to live, but allows young people access to support workers and personal development opportunities. The idea is to empower young people with the skills to move into work or education and the confidence to live independently.

Young people facing homelessness will be able to refer themselves by contacting our Youth AIMS advice service. Supported Independence Flats are for young people between 16 and 24 years old, who are in need of accommodation and support but are not eligible for local authority help. They must demonstrate willingness to engage in a personal development plan and pursue work or education opportunities.

“Supported Independence Flats will allow us to support the most vulnerable young people in our society,” explains Mae Partridge, Regional Foyer Manager. “These are young people who fall through the gaps with no legal status and under no priority housing. The placements we can offer will provide the final stage support needed for someone to gain independence.”

This project is possible thanks to funding from Children in Need’s Inspiring Futures programme and the Winter Homeless Transformation Fund.

Find out more about Supported Independence Flats here.

Supported Independence Flat, Aldershot