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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

Young People Fear Homelessness Rising

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A recent survey by Places for People has unveiled a stark reality: more than one in four young people, aged 16 to 24, are worried they or someone they know will become homeless within the next year.


This survey, part of a larger study involving 4,000 UK citizens, highlights the growing concerns among the youth about housing security.


The findings are eye-opening. Young people are the least likely to oppose new affordable housebuilding in their area, with only 10% expressing opposition. Moreover, they are the least concerned about prioritising cost savings over environmental efficiency in their homes, with fewer than 16% holding this view.


When it comes to homelessness, over two-thirds (68%) of young people believe social housing should be prioritised for those who are rough sleeping, sofa surfing, or living in unsuitable temporary accommodations. Furthermore, a whopping 81% of young people think the government should provide more funding to prevent homelessness. This sentiment is shared across generations, with roughly 78% of all ages agreeing that the Prime Minister should build more social homes to address the issue.


 

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These attitudes reflect the softest opposition among young people to new affordable or social housebuilding in their area. Additionally, 67% of young people support new housing schemes that include all tenures, including social rent, showcasing their strong support for mixed communities.


A spokesperson for Places for People commented, “It is deeply troubling that young people with their lives ahead of them are among the most worried about becoming homeless. A distinct lack of affordable housing is pricing more and more young people out of buying or renting a quality and secure home to become the bedrock of their future.”


The survey underscores the urgent need for a social system that offers opportunity rather than fear. The youth are calling for more affordable housing, including student accommodation, to meet the growing demand and lay the foundations for future generations to thrive. The message is clear: it’s time to build.



 

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