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National Homeless Advice Service

Emergency housing for 18 to 25 year olds

This page provides examples of a range of options that may be open to a young person, depending on availability and local authority provision.

Provision of emergency and short-term accommodation for young people aged 18 to 25 may also be dependent on their eligibility for help. For more information, see Access to housing and support for 18 to 25 year olds.

Many of these options discussed in this section will be emergency and short-term options, but some will be longer-term and form part of an accommodation and support pathway.

A young person might return home immediately after a short stay in emergency accommodation, or might move straight from living at home to any one of several accommodation options, and might move back home intermittently or permanently - there will not necessarily be a linear progression from becoming homeless to living in supported accommodation to settling in their own tenancy.

Bed and breakfast

Bed and breakfast accommodation is unlikely to be suitable for care leavers and vulnerable young people. In any case it should only be used as a last resort for the shortest time possible, except in the rare cases where it is the best option for an applicant.

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Family and friends

The extended family and friends of a young person may be able to offer a temporary (or longer-term) place to stay. For more information, see living with friends and family.

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Different types of accommodation

Emergency accommodation options should be short term and quick access, and should provide an appropriate and supportive environment where a young person can stay until alternative provision is arranged, and/or respite/time out from family crisis, with the young person returning home after a short stay.

See Emergency housing for 16 and 17 year olds for a list of emergency options.

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Longer-term supported accommodation, foyers and floating support

For more information on longer-term supported accommodation for young people, see Accommodation and Support pathway.

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Problems with emergency housing options

For many young people aged 18 to 25, emergency accommodation options may in short supply, or be difficult to access because they are not considered to be in priority need, or unaffordable on a low salary. See accommodation and support: what are the issues?

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