Homelessness happens to ordinary people and it can be devastating to the lives of those who experience it.
There are long-term consequences beyond housing: physical and mental health, financial stability, education, employment and self-esteem are all affected.
At BYH, we work tirelessly to mitigate the impact of youth homelessness throughout Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
The project provides support for young people aged 16-25 years old who have experienced homelessness or are at risk of homelessness.
We aim to prevent homelessness in the first instance, however when this has not been possible we offer the help they need to rebuild their lives and empower them to successfully move on from homelessness.
Stapleford Labour visited Broxtowe Youth Homelessness to find out a little more about the work they do.
Jessica Brannan (Project Manager) explained that it’s not just about finding a roof to put over someone’s head, but ongoing support with budgeting and learning the more practical things of running a home.
We were shocked to find out that both hostels in the area had closed due to funding cuts.
The impact of this is young vulnerable people being moved out of the area, away from any support network they may have. All of which can have a seriously negative effect on their education, employment and mental and physical health.
She also told us that a lot of young people don’t know they are there to help, so spread the word about the great work they do.