Councils, the government and homelessness agencies have to be
clearer about what they mean by homelessness prevention if they are
to tackle the problem among young people, says a new report.
The study by youth homelessness prevention charity Safe in the City
is based on research in eight London boroughs. The report says: “It
is essential that homelessness agencies, government and local
authorities develop more clarity about what prevention is, how
different forms of it interrelate and how to develop local
The charity also urges a dual approach to preventing homelessness
by helping individuals overcome social exclusion and vulnerability
to homelessness and improving access to affordable housing.
Safe in the City director Nicola Bacon said: “Our research and
experience shows that to prevent youth homelessness you need to
start early, join up services, involve the family, and listen to
– Safe in the City: A Practical Approach to Preventing Youth
Homelessness from 020 7922 5710