Help is at hand for young homeless

Help is at hand for young homeless in the Ribble Valley. (s)
Help is at hand for young homeless in the Ribble Valley. (s)

Help is at hand for young homeless people in Ribble Valley thanks to a collaboration between the borough council, Clitheroe Christians in Partnership and the YMCA.

The organisations have joined forces to purchase a house in Clitheroe that will be used as supported accommodation for young homeless people taking their first step to independent living.

Homeless young people have poorer mental and physical health than their peers, are more likely to have alcohol or drug problems and many are not in education, employment or training, purely because of their homelessness.

According to Government figures, 52 per cent of homeless people are under 25 and one in 100 young people will experience homelessness.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s housing strategy manager, Rachael Stott, said: “The provision of housing for the young and elderly is one of the biggest challenges facing the council.

“Although youth homelessness is more prevalent in urban areas, Ribble Valley is not immune and we are delighted to work with our partners to bring this much need facility into use.”

Ribble Valley Borough Council is at the forefront of several housing initiatives, including the provision of affordable properties in partnership with the housing sector.