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Comment on CSJ homelessness report
March 13th, 2017
DEPAUL UK COMMENT ON THE CENTRE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE’S REPORT, HOUSING FIRST: HOUSING-LED SOLUTIONS TO ROUGH SLEEPING AND HOMELESSNESS
Depaul UK CEO Martin Houghton-Brown said today (Monday, 13 March 2017): “I am excited by the opportunity provided by this important report, by the Centre for Social Justice, on preventing homelessness.
“At a time when homelessness continues to rise and nearly half of people living in homeless hostels are aged between 16 to 24, it is clear we need to do more to prevent young people from becoming homeless.
“If the Government genuinely listens to the recommendations, not only will fewer people be sleeping rough, but crucially young people will be prevented from ever having to experience homelessness at all.”
Mr Houghton-Brown said the report recognises the vital work undertaken by Depaul’s Nightstop services.
He added: “The combination of Family Mediation and Nightstop, the community solution to youth homelessness, should be available in every town and city in the land. I therefore fully support the report’s recommendations for the Government to protect supported lodgings and to look into family mediation with a view to scaling the model up throughout the country. No young person should have to resort to sleeping in an unsafe place.”