London Youth Gateway

01 November 2013

Charities join forces to tackle youth homelessness

Four top charities are spearheading a new project to help young Londoners facing homelessness.

Alone in London, New Horizon, DePaul UK, and Stonewall Housing are joining forces with every London borough to make sure young homeless people from across the city get the right support. 

The new London Youth Gateway (LYG) programme will give young people direct access to a combined range of services including emergency accommodation, advice, training and family mediation. 

It is the only initiative funded by cross-party organisation London Councils dedicated to tackling the capital’s growing youth homelessness crisis. Figures show the number of young rough sleepers in London increased by as much as 66% between 2010 and 2012*. 

Shelagh O’Connor, Director at the LYG’s lead partner New Horizon said: “We are confident this joint approach can help the most hard to reach young Londoners and make it easier for young people across the capital to get the help they need. Youth homelessness is a big issue and in a city as diverse as London, involves many complex issues and causes. We believe we will be better equipped to tackle this problem head on by joining forces in every London borough. 

“Partnership working in this way means that someone who initially comes to us because they need somewhere to stay that night will be automatically given access to a wider range of services to help them rebuild their life and find long term accommodation, such as vocational training or mental health counselling.”

The LYG plans to work with more than 8,000 young people over the next two years.

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