Hubs offer boost for homeless

SCARBOROUGH will be one of six hubs to be launched as the first port of call for people aged from 16 to 25 facing life on the streets.

They will be running by the end of October and will also be based in Malton, Northallerton, Harrogate, Selby and the Craven area.

The hubs are part of a county-wide framework which represents a £1 million investment on the part of the North Yorkshire County Council and its partners.

Wherever they are in the county, vulnerable young people threatened with homelessness will have access to common and consistent support intended to keep them wherever possible at home with their families or achieving successful independence.

County councillor Carl Les said: “The Government is urging the use of community budgets and in this instance we have just got on with it, pooling our resources to offer best practice and support for some of the most vulnerable young people in our society. The contribution from the district councils and our other partners has been crucial to enabling this to happen.

“We believe this framework and the introduction of prevention hubs will help to reduce repeat homelessness as well as homelessness among young people altogether. In effect this is a mediation service for young people in danger of ending up on the streets.”

The scheme has already been successfully piloted in Scarborough for a number of years after it was set up to combat a rise in the number of young people being forced to live in bed and breakfast accommodation.

Cllr Les added: “We believe this initiative will become a national exemplar. Homelessness prevention hubs have already proved successful in Scarborough and also in a pilot in Ryedale and we are convinced that they will improve outcomes for the young and vulnerable across the county; representing true value for money.”