For young people, the experience of homelessness is like being trapped in a maze – obstacle after obstacle, dead-end after dead end. For many people living on the streets or in hostels, education is all but inaccessible and long-term employment a pipe dream.
And it’s no small issue. Last year alone, 103,000 young people approached their local authority for help dealing with homelessness or the serious risk of it.
Until the establishment of End Youth Homelessness (EYH), there was no UK-wide initiative addressing the problem. EYH is a national movement of local youth homelessness charities that have joined forces to tackle the crisis. Together, they support more than 30,000 young people every year, helping them find housing, education and essential support.
On Wednesday 16 October, EYH is launching a national billboard campaign to raise awareness for its new Employability Fund – an initiative introduced in September to help homeless young people access the education and training they need to secure and sustain a job. The fund enables a nationwide network of specialist practitioners who provide tailored, one-to-one Education, Employment & Training (EET) support, helping them build the skills, and confidence they need to go back into education or secure their first job.