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Family Lives is a member of the End Youth Homeless Alliance which aims to end youth homelessness - 80,000 young people find themselves homeless in the UK every year. The alliance is campaigning to help these young people off the streets and into a home and a job.
The End Youth Homeless Alliance is made up of several charities and organisations which have joined together to raise awareness of the extent of youth homelessness among 16-25 year olds, gain support for the campaign and lobby government to make a change.
Young people often find themselves homeless after family breakdown usually between them and their parents or step parents. They find they are told to leave home by their family and have nowhere else to go.
Other causes of youth homelessness include drug or alcohol addiction leading them to be forced out of their home, many others have fled physical or sexual violence at home.
Young people leaving care can also find themselves without a home, often leaving care with fewer qualifications than others and with less chance of securing a job or a home.
Some young people find themselves homeless after being granted asylum in the UK , coming to the UK as refugees after fleeing violence or persecution in their own country.
Young people who are homeless are more likely to not be in education, employment or training and their education is often disrupted. Poor qualifications make it difficult for young homeless people to find work and poor physical and mental health is common due to the often chaotic and unstable lifestyle they have fled from.
Read more about the cost and implications of youth homelessness on the End Youth Homelessness alliance website.