What is Youth Homelessness

Young people are at particular risk during a housing crisis, with private landlords, social housing bodies and local authorities less likely to rent to them. As well as those who are ‘officially’ homeless, there is likely a large number of young people living without a permanent home. These young people survive by sleeping on friends’ sofas, squatting or staying in other insecure or unsafe places.

We know so little about the real numbers of young people facing homelessness that they are often referred to as the ‘forgotten homeless’.

We can end youth homelessness

We believe that youth homelessness is a problem which can and must be solved.

Members of the Irish Coalition to End Youth Homelessness (ICEYH) are committed to working towards the following objectives:

  • Better data and awareness
  • Services that match needs
  • Better policy