Helping young people find a home

ANGUS Council has launched a new, free service to help young people aged 16-25 to find, keep and maintain their home.

The move aims to cut the numbers of homeless young people, encourage those who are given tenancies to find education, training and employment and ensure that they have independent living skills. All young people wishing to apply for housing will also be required to attend a Housing Options Interview with the new service.

Family mediation will be used where possible to prevent situations where young people are being asked to leave home, but if the situation has broken down irrevocably, they will be assisted to move on and find accommodation in a planned way.

Convener of neighbourhood services, Councillor Donald Morrison said: “In common with other local authorities, Angus Council has seen an increase in the number of young people who present as homeless. For many young people, the solution is a short stay in temporary accommodation or ‘sofa surfing’ with family and friends. This is followed by the offer of a mainstream tenancy, which the young person may lack the life skills required to cope with on their own. This can lead to a negative situation, including neighbour complaints, and sometimes results in the tenancy being ended.”

He added: “We hope that the new Young People’s Housing Options Service, to be delivered from Arbroath ACCESS office, will give young people the range of support they need. The service will include an initial interview with the young person and in some cases, with members of their family.”

o contact the service, telephone ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778 or go to Arbroath ACCESS office and ask to speak to the Young People’s Housing Options service. Further information is available at Young People’s Housing Options