Young live in fear of homelessness

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Young live in fear of homelessness

Four out of five young people are more scared of being homeless than of being unemployed, according to a major new survey on behalf of Shelter. And 60 per cent said that they would not know which services to turn to if they were made homeless.

The survey of more than 1,000 young people aged 16-25 was commissioned by the homeless charity and the Midland Bank, which today launches a pounds 1m study aimed at getting young people off the streets.

Three-quarters of those surveyed believed it was difficult or very difficult to get a permanent home. And nearly six out of 10 wanted more information to be provided through schools.

An estimated 140,937 young people were homeless, according to last year's National Inquiry into Youth Homelessness. Glenda Cooper