Regional Youth Housing Strategy

‘Until we have youth housing strategies, as opposed to youth homelessness strategies, we will never actually plan for young people’s housing transition and their housing needs, and will always be adopting a deficit model around homelessness.’

The strategy is based on the premise that;

‘If we only provide homeless services to young people, we’ll only get homeless young people.’  Specialist Youth Advisor, working with the Department for Communities and Local Government at Youth Homeless NE Move-on event, 3rd April 2012.

We have therefore produced not a homeless strategy but rather a Regional Youth Housing Strategy that sets out our plans to address young peoples’ housing needs through a coherent regional approach.

The strategy provides a regional context, policy framework and a current picture of youth homelessness.   It establishes a regional strategic approach and a clear set of actions to delivering those themes across the North East.

Regional Youth Housing Strategy 2016-2018

At our ‘Strategy for Change’ event in December 2015 we asked our members to review the strategy in order to ensure the priorities and actions were up to date and reflect the current needs of young people experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness.


  1. To increase early intervention and prevention work.
  2. To increase training and employment for young people affected by homelessness to enable them to secure a long-term future.
  3. To influence policy makers and support joint commissioning in order to prevent, tackle and resolve youth homelessness in the North East.
  4. To improve the quality and range of temporary and supported accommodation

To read the action plan please view the YHNE Regional Youth Housing Strategy Action Plan 2016-2018

At present local authorities are reviewing and updating their youth/homeless strategies.  It is our intention to post contributing action to the Regional Youth Housing Strategy on this site once they become available.

Regional Youth Housing Strategy March 27, 2012


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