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Hostels open up to the young

September 1st 2014

Sheltered housing schemes and disused hostels are to be converted into accommodation for young homeless people as part of a new scheme to be funded by the Department of Health.

The new plans, which have been funded to the tune of £41.5m, according to Inside Housing, will fund the Platform for Life programme. It will award capital funding to housing associations, councils and private sector developers that bid to convert unsuitable sheltered housing, commercial premises such as disused hotels, or family hostels into homelessness accommodation.

The second share of the £41.5m will go to a new round of the Homelessness Change hostel upgrade scheme and will focus on improving young people’s health.

Citizens Advice data in January revealed the number of homeless 17–24-year-olds who required its help increased by 57 per cent to 4,529 between 2007/08 and 2012/13.


September 2014



Begging arrests in London double over three years

B&B should be banned

Homeless health scare

Glasgow finds old solution

Peer support

Climbdown on sanctions

Charity starts at home

In focus: Referendum

Free foil for heroin addicts

Hostels open up to the young

Families "stuck and struggling"

Job-hunting? Get a bus

Robbed for small change

Three charged with murder

Homeless style

Street violence threats

Cookie thief arrested

Get out there!


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