Friday, November 7, 2014

One In Five Young People Have Slept Rough In The Past Year

18% of young people have slept rough in the UK in the past year, a shocking new poll reveals.

A poll by the homeless charity Centrepoint found that nearly one in five young people have slept rough in the last 12 months, because they have nowhere else to stay.

The charity says 15,000 young people are facing homelessness this Christmas, with more than a 1,000 beds for homeless people lost in the last year.

Homeless people are twice as likely to die as their peers, says Centrepoint, and more than 80,000 young people are at risk of becoming homeless each year.

Thousands of vulnerable young people across the UK will bed down for a night on the streets this winter, subjected to freezing temperatures and unsafe surroundings.