Hostels: Young People

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 19 September 2023.

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Photo of Lloyd Russell-Moyle Lloyd Russell-Moyle Labour/Co-operative, Brighton, Kemptown

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he is taking to steps to ensure affordable hostel accommodation for young people.

Photo of Felicity Buchan Felicity Buchan Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The Government published its cross-government strategy, 'Ending Rough Sleeping for Good', backed by £2 billion, last year. The strategy recognises young people face particular challenges and that mainstream service offers or accommodation may not always be appropriate for those needing higher levels of support.

The £200 millon Single Homelessness Accommodation Programme aims to deliver up to 2,400 homes by March 2025, including tailored accommodation for young people at risk of homelessness or rough sleeping, alongside allocating 3 years' funding for support to meet individual needs.

Through the Rough Sleeping Initiative, we are investing over £530 million in funding to local authorities across 2022-2025 for interventions focused on tackling and preventing rough sleeping. £2.5 million of the Rough Sleeping Initiative 2022-25 is going towards funding youth-specific services in local areas.

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