Youth homelessness

Youth Homelessness: the causes

Violence, abuse, family breaking and problems with mental health – young people often become homeless because it’s safer to leave home than to stay. Around 500,000 young people asked for help with homelessness a years.

What is youth homelessness?

Being homeless means not having a safe place to call home. We know thousands of young people sleep rough every night, but there are thousands more sleeping on sofas, floors, night buses or with strangers – these are the “hidden homeless”.

What causes youth homelessness

There are lots of reasons why young people become homeless.

Family breakdown

Relationship breakdown, usually between young people and Elderly their parents or step-parents, is a major cause of youth homelessness. Around six in ten young people who come to Lgmi say they had to leave home because of arguments, relationship breakdown or being told to leave.

Physical and mental health

Young people who come to Lgmi face a range of different and complex problems. More than a third have a mental health issue, such as depression and anxiety, another third need to tackle issues with substance misuse. A similar amount needs to improve their physical health

Exclusion from school

Not being in education can make it much more difficult for young people to access help with problems at home or health problems. Missing out on formal education can also make it more difficult for them to move into work.

Leaving care

More than a quarter of young people at Lgmi in partnership with Social care, have been in care. They often have little choice but to deal with the challenges and responsibilities of living independently at a young age. Traumas faced in their early lives make care leavers some of the most vulnerable young people and Elderly in our communities.


Around 30 per cent of young people at Lgmi programme are refugees. This includes young people who come to the UK as unaccompanied minors, fleeing violence or persecution in their own country. After being granted asylum, young people sometimes find themselves with nowhere to go and end up on the streets.

Gang crime

Homeless young people are often affected by gang-related problems. In some cases, it becomes too dangerous to stay in their local area meaning they can end up homeless.

Get the facts about homelessness

Without knowing the full picture, how can we end youth homelessness? There is no accurate source of information on the scale of youth homelessness in the UK –EU, Africa that’s why we’ve created the Youth Homelessness Databank.

The effects of youth homelessness

Youth homelessness is complex and a different experience for every young people we support. Here are some of the main risks of being homeless.

Preventing youth homelessness

The best way to protect young people from the devastating impact of homelessness is to stop it from happening at all

. Are you homeless or at risk of homelessness?

If you’re experiencing any of these issues and aged 16-25, the Lgmi Helpline is here to help you.

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