Recent government legislation requires local authorities to provide secure accommodation for unintentionally homeless 16- and 17-year-olds. Many local authority housing departments are therefore facing the challenge of how to adequately support this group of young people for the first time. This book evaluates the extensive and innovative range of services that have been developed for 16- and 17-year-olds living in Newcastle. It provides vital indicators to other authorities and nominated RSLs of the approaches that they can take to increase successful tenancies and independent living among this age group. The book: outlines the debates and developments leading up to the recent policy changes; reports on the first research into the factors affecting the success of young people's tenancies; examines the varied experiences of young people housed by local authorities; provides a framework for objectively evaluating the success of such tenancies; highlights good practice for supporting young people in independent housing.
Making it work is essential reading for professionals in local authority housing departments and nominated RSLs, as well as for students on professional housing courses and academics interested in housing policies, responses to homelessness and issues for young people.
"Harding has made a bold contribution to current debates on routes out of homelessness and the role of structure and agency in shaping the lives of young people living independently. There is plenty of food for thought for those in policy, practice and research, seeking to improve the effectiveness of responses to youth homelessness." Dr Isobel Anderson, Housing Policy and Practice Unit, University of Stirling