In partnership with Solihull Council, St Basils will be opening a new Youth Hub in Solihull to help more young people aged 16 - 24 before they reach 'crisis point' in order to do more to prevent youth homelessness in Solihull.
The 'Positive Accommodation and Support Pathway' for Young People will commence in April 2017 for a two-year pilot.
It will provide innovative ways of helping vulnerable young people to address the problems in their lives which often lead to homelessness. In addition, the scheme aims to minimise the number of young people who become homeless and approach services in crisis. This will be achieved by supporting young people to remain in their family homes and where this is not possible help arrange planned moves into suitable accommodation.
St Basils works with over 5000 young people across the West Midlands and already has a Youth Hub in Birmingham providing similar services, as well as other services in Solihull including accommodation and workers providing home visits in Solihull, Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire.
Councillor Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Environment, Housing & Regeneration, said: “We are excited to be working with St Basils and adopting this new approach to ensure young adults in the borough are getting the support they need before they find themselves in serious trouble".
“It is absolutely vital we try and intervene and protect young people from the risks of homelessness and we are hopeful this pilot will enable this to happen.”
"The Positive Accommodation and Support Pathway for Young People was developed nationally following research which indicates a high level of homelessness applications from young people. It will complement other initiatives that provide routes into employment and education, as well as supporting the Council’s priorities of improving health, wellbeing and managed growth".
Ben Taylor, Head of Youth Services at St Basils added: “We are delighted to be part of this two year pilot to provide support to young people at risk of homelessness across Solihull. We have been working closely with the Council and local partners to make sure we can provide a positive model to prevent youth homelessness.
“We have worked in this field for 45 years and in Solihull for over 20 years, we know that the only way to have a positive impact on tackling the issue is through working with partners. We look forward to helping shape the positive futures of young people through this partnership.”