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National Homeless Advice Service

The Homelessness Reduction Act and its effect on young people

Posted by nicola_marklew June 06, 2018

The Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) came into force in April 2018, putting an important focus on the prevention of homelessness. As part of the legislation, local authorities have more responsibility to support those who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, than ever before. Centrepoint estimates that in 2016/17, 66,500 young people approached their local authority for help because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness. The HRA will entitle the vast majority of these young people to an assessment and a personalised housing plan.

Centrepoint set out to examine the key challenges that local authorities face when delivering housing duties to young people, and what effect the Homelessness Reduction Act will have. You can access the full report here