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Published on March 13th, 2017 | by admin


New Initiative Will Tackle Youth Homelessness

A new initiative to tackle youth homelessness will launch on 1 April 2017.

The Youth Hub will provide housing advice and specialist home options support to single young people aged 16 – 24 who are at risk of homelessness or in housing need.

It will enable the development of early intervention partnerships across community locations and fund specialist mental health support for young people, with staff working with young people and parents and carers.

Operating for an initial term of two years the pilot will aim to accurately measure demand, capture the range of needs that young people are presented with and highlight gaps in local services that need to be addressed.

St Basils, a Midlands based charity, specialising in preventing homelessness in young adults aged 16 – 24, will deliver the youth hub service on behalf of Solihull Council, working closely with Solihull Community Housing and other statutory services and partner organisations.

People will be able to refer those they are concerned about, or themselves, online or by contacting the Youth Hub which will be based in Kingshurst. Outreach services will also be available in Chelmsley Wood and Solihull Town Centre. Details of the referral process, service opening hours and contact information will be available on the St. Basils website when the service launches.

Lorna Esien, Deputy Chief Executive of St Basils added: “We are delighted to be part of this two year pilot to provide support to young people at risk of homelessness across Solihull. We have been working closely with the Council and local partners to make sure we can provide a positive model to prevent youth homelessness.

“We have worked in this field for 45 years and in Solihull for over 20 years, we know that the only way to have a positive impact on tackling the issue is through working with partners. We look forward to helping shape the positive futures of young people through this partnership.”

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