“Almost every young person I have come across during my time working in youth homelessness wants the same things – a home, a family and a job. It is therefore our role as charity professionals to not only hand out aid for immediate purposes, but to develop innovative initiatives that allow us to take the steps towards making these kinds of aspirations a reality.
Recent research indicates that up to 80,000 young people per year experience homelessness in the UK – the equivalent of a large football stadium filled to capacity with young people desperate for a safe place to call home. I saw a remarkable and rather distressing connection between this problem of homelessness and the UK’s booming house-moving market. The English Housing Survey indicates that a total of 3.5 million households in the country have either moved house in the last year or will move house in the year ahead, yet at the same time, so many out there do not even have a roof over their heads. Surely there is a way of drawing a connection between these two and of allowing these house-movers to help those who are facing terrible challenges?”