About Us

About Us

The original network was established in 2007 through support from Homeless Link and the Department for Communities and Local Government. The aim was to provide a regional focus, resources and facilitates addressing youth homelessness through policy and strategy but crucially putting young people at the centre. YHNE has been described as an ‘independent, action driven community of young people, strategists, commissioners and providers of youth homelessness services’.   YHNE was originally established to:

  1. Ensure objectives were set for tackling youth homelessness in regional policy and strategy.
  2. To share practice and innovation across the region to inform consistent approaches within frontline services.

Our vision is that ‘Every young person has the right to a home’

YHNE’s objective is ‘to prevent, tackle and resolve homelessness experienced by young people aged 14 to 25 years old in the north of England’  by:

  1. Amplifying the voice of young people to shape solutions and influence policy.
  2. Growing our ability to broker strategic solutions to Youth Homelessness.
  3. Increasing early intervention and prevention impact through education and local capacity building.
  4. Developing local and regional delivery models with effective route maps for young people at risk of homelessness.
  5. Increasing the collective knowledge and societal awareness of homelessness through research, robust evidence and effective dissemination.
  6. Seeking to add value and work in partnership, guided by our core values, and achieve long term sustainability.

We have a strong model based upon collective impact through collaboration and partnership that provides valuable functions for the sector whilst facilitating young people affected by homelessness to have a voice in informing responses to youth homelessness working to principles of co-production.

We currently have a membership of over 300 individuals and organisations, including the voluntary and community sector, housing associations and local authorities from across the region.

Creating opportunities for all

Youth Homeless North East seeks to challenge the discrimination within society that contributes to youth homelessness.  We aim to actively protect the young people we work with, paid staff and volunteers from sexual, racist, sexist, homophobic and any other type of abuse or harassment.

We want every young person to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. This does not only mean that services should not discriminate against young people on grounds such as their gender, race, religion, sexuality or disability. It also means that services for young people should vary to meet their different needs and aspirations and should be pro-active in advancing equality, preventing discrimination and promoting good relations between different groups. They should also work to help young people overcome barriers such as poverty, low aspirations, low prior educational attainment or lack of parental support.

(What are the equality and diversity issues that services for young people need to address?, Discussion Paper, July 2011, Department for Education.)

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Youth Homeless North East
MEA House
Ellison Place
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: 0191 255 1911


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