How effective is this strategy in answering the accommodation needs of the young people is our focus.
The West Lancashire District Council has been charged with the issuance and publication of Homelessness Strategy 2003 - 2006, after it conducted a series of consultations with the various sectors, forums and focus groups mandated by law to help in the formulation of the strategy. In short, this is a statutory document to meet the legislative requirements of the Homelessness Act 2002. The West Lancashire District Council formulated this strategy in a first three-year period, to look into the problem of homelessness in their district, or to help prevent such homelessness.
Young people are most vulnerable to become homeless because of various factors, like economic and social factors, a history of abuse, problems with alcohol and drugs, having a criminal record, health problems, and severe poverty and chaotic lifestyles. Their priority need in the homelessness strategy should be given attention.
A report by the Policy Action Team says that one in five children in Britain is growing up in workless households - a higher figure than in any other OECD country. There are also some startling facts that unemployment rates are two to three times higher for young people aged 16 - 24 from ethnic minority backgrounds, regardless of educational attainment, and that rates of teenage birth are twice that of Germany, three times that of France, and six times that of the Netherlands.
It is this same kind of report that made the Government act and institute programmes to suppress or prevent social exclusion in the young.
The National Strategy
Creating Sustainable Communities
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has a programme called the Supporting People Strategy to help solve the problem of homelessness in young vulnerable people. It is designed to enable and deliver the provision of housing-related support in England. The DPM states that it has invested over 5 billion over three years to enable the provision of support services at the local level. It aims to tackle disadvantage, reduce social exclusion and create sustainable communities. It also helps to improve the quality of life for some of society's most vulnerable people, allowing them to move towards or maintain their independence, and prevent them from entering into crisis, homelessness or institutional care.
It is an important national programme to fund local provision of housing-related support, helping people to maintain or improve their ability to live independently. It is also cross-cutting, meaning it enables support for a wide and diverse range of vulnerable groups. As such, it contributes to the achievement of a large number of key Government objectives, including: creating sustainable communities, tackling disadvantage and social exclusion, increasing choice for older people, for people with disabilities (including people with learning difficulties) and for people with mental health conditions; reducing avoidable hospital admissions and assisting timely hospital discharge. It is designed for people experiencing or at risk of social exclusion who need a housing-related support and other essential programs to restore their independence in a sustainable way.
The following are some groups mentioned in the programme which needs support:
Individuals or families who have become homeless, where there is in the first instance an emergency need to provide a place to stay. In this