'Help our young homeless'

PUBLISHED: 15:10 13 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:51 24 May 2010

A HOSTEL for the homeless could be set up in Clevedon, Nailsea or Portishead to house vulnerable teens who find themselves on the streets

A HOSTEL for the homeless could be set up in Clevedon, Nailsea or Portishead to house vulnerable teens who find themselves on the streets.The Nailsea Young People's Wellbeing working group is calling on North Somerset to look at making provision for homeless youngsters in the north of the district.The call comes after it was revealed teenagers from the area who suddenly find themselves homeless are being forced to stay in ''unsuitable' bed-and-breakfast accommodation in Bristol and Weston-super-Mare.Between April 1 2005 and March 31 2006, North Somerset Council received 67 requests for accommodation from 16-25-year-olds in Clevedon, Portishead and Nailsea, claiming they were homeless. An official report, compiled by the working group, has described such accommodation as 'unsuitable for a vulnerable young person who may be living on their own for the first time' and 'not particularly youth-friendly'. Cllr Jeremy Blatchford, who chaired the working party, said: "In some cases, young people are homeless because their parents have thrown them out or effectively abandoned them."Others have been released from secure accommodation and because they have no home to go to, are much more likely to re-offend."I have been told that on one occasion, young people who had been thrown out by their parents were sleeping in a public toilet."It is not acceptable that someone as young as 16 from the north of the district, who becomes homeless, is forced to live in bed-and-breakfast accommodation in Bristol or Weston-super-Mare."A spokesman for North Somerset Council said: "We do have a plan to provide emergency accommodation in the north of the district, which will include some single-person units."A multi-agency Young Person Housing Group is looking to develop initiatives, such as 'Stop-Over Plus' - emergency access short-term housing to allow people time to find more permanent solutions.

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