The district of East Lindsey in Lincolnshire has been highlighted a ‘hotspot’ for youth homelessness in a new report.
Research by Centrepoint, a UK charity for youth homelessness, has found that East Lindsey has one the highest proportions of youth homelessness in England with 5.5% of young people sleeping rough. The average national proportion is 1%.
The data is based on Freedom of Information request responses from 90% of English councils who were asked to reveal how many people aged 16-24 had approached them for help because they were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless from 2017 – 2018.
The data also showed that more than half of those who approached their local councils for help received ‘no meaningful support’ putting them a risk of sleeping rough which could lead to violence and abuse.
Other hotspots include North Devon (5.5%) and Burnley (4.8%).
The number of young people receiving housing and/or homelessness support by council district across Lincolnshire:
- City of Lincoln – 62
- Boston Borough Council – 9
- East Lindsey – 122
- West Lindsey – no data
- North Kesteven District Council – 29
- South Kesteven District Council – 90
- South Holland District Council – 74
Local charities like LEAP are currently providing support to homeless young people across Lincolnshire and can be contacted either by phone on 01522 563530 or 07717727200, or by visiting their website here.