Project information

Homelessness Prevention

1) Enable 20 young people per year to move into emergency, temporary or permanent accommodation
2) Support them to maintain tenancy or place in accommodation
3) Prevent an additional 20 young people from being made homeless. The causes of youth homelessness are varied and complex.

December 2016 - December 2017

Charity information

Newcastle upon Tyne YMCA

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  • Need


    404 Young people aged 16 - 25 are homeless in our City, many more are hidden homeless and


    We aim to support 20 young people to get them into accommodation. We will do this through detached and outreach work. We will support them on various levels, for example, through providing one-to-one crisis support and through providing support in order to complete benefit and housing applications.
    We will work with young people to support them into secure housing in order to reduce the number of young people suffering from being homeless in the city.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Enable 20 young people per year to move into emergency, temporary or permanent accommodation.


    » Give young people access to the right information and support. We will also support young people to make housing applications

    Success will be getting young people into safe accommodation.

    Aim 2

    To support young people to maintain their tenancy or place in the accommodation.


    » We will offer support, advice and workshop sessions on how to budget, and pay bills.
    » We will offer practical sessions on cooking and cleaning.

    Success will be supporting young people to budget accurately and sustain their tenancy agreements.

    Aim 3

    We also expect to prevent an additional 20 young people from being made homeless


    » We will do this through crisis support. We will work with young people and families to deal with problems and issues that can lead to homelessness.

    Success will be being able to work with families and act as an intermediary to help young people avoid further issues.

  • Impact


    Over the long term, we hope to reduce the number of hidden homeless and sofa surfers in the city.
    We will demonstrate their success through case studies on the people we have helped. Moreover, we will also hopefully be able to demonstrate success in terms of statistics by reducing youth homelessness in the city.


    There is a risk that some of the young people that we may work with may not respond positively to some of the advice and support that we offer them. We will respond to this by changing our approach. If it seems that some young people are not able to live independently in their own properties, we will find alternative ways to support them.


    We will send donors regular reports to update them on the progress of our project. We will also send case studies of the young people that we are working with in order to show donors how they are helping individuals. We will also regularly update donors on any project changes that have been made.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,200 Food Feed a young person who has no other means of support £5 x 20 people for 52 weeks
      £2,400 Clean clothes & toiletries Provide clean clothes for young people who cannot buy their own £10 x 20 people for 12 months
      £1,000 Crisis Support Provide one-to-one crisis support for a young person £25 x 40 people
      £1,000 Support on applications Provide support to young people on benefits and housing applications £50 x 20 people
      £3,000 Amenities Buy a fridge, cooker and washing machine £150 x 20 people for a first tenancy
  • Background


    We will work to tackle youth homelessness in Newcastle upon Tyne.


    We will work in deprived areas of Newcastle. We work in Byker, Walker and Cowgate which are all ward that are classified in the tops 10% in the Indices of Deprivation.
    These areas suffer high levels of unemployment, high dependency on benefits, and also from health inequalities. The young people in these areas often have low aspirations due to coming from families who are in their third generation of unemployment. We want to empower these young people to build better futures.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have worked in Newcastle upon Tyne since 1849. Our youth workers have developed trust and built good relationships with the young people in the area and therefore, have built up a good rapport with them.
    The young people trust the youth workers and therefore are more likely to tell them about any issues they are facing than they would to an outside organisation.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Chief Executive

    Management of the youth homelessness prevention project

    Operations Manager

    Will oversee the logistics and delivery of the programme

    Senior Youth Worker

    Delivering crisis support and supporting the young people with any issues that they are facing.

    Senior Youth Worker

    Delivering crisis support and supporting the young people with any issues that they are facing.