Hun­dreds face un­cer­tain win­ter

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

It’s feared there could be hun­dreds of young peo­ple in Kent who will be home­less this Christ­mas.

Ac­cord­ing to char­ity Cen­tre­point, there were 488 peo­ple aged 16 to 24 in the county with­out a per­ma­nent roof over their heads in the last fi­nan­cial year.

Med­way had the high­est num­ber with 84 - while 224 peo­ple also re­ceived sup­port for hous­ing from the coun­cil. Swale had the sec­ond high­est num­ber of young home­less with 75, fol­lowed by Maid­stone where 68 were ei­ther sleep­ing rough or liv­ing in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Abi Gill, pol­icy and re­search man­ager at Cen­tre­point, said: “We’re es­ti­mat­ing 1,900 will be home­less or at risk of home­less- ness at Christ­mas in the south east. None of those young peo­ple should be fac­ing this.

In other ar­eas Tun­bridge Wells and Ton­bridge and Malling coun­cils had 13 young peo­ple and 11 were af­fected in Sevenoaks.

Ms Gill added: “The big­gest cause of youth home­less­ness is fam­ily break downs. It is a re­ally com­plex is­sue.”

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