In 2010, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published ‘A young people’s charter on housing’ The Charter was brought to the attention of Youth Homeless NE by Durham Local Authority who are keen to see a similar Charter produced from the perspective of young people who have experienced homelessness and those at risk of homelessness.
A ‘task and finish’ group was established to progress this work; members include Durham Local Authority and two of our Regional Champions, Moving On and the Youth Independence Forum (Your Homes Newcastle). Our Regional Champions are involved to facilitate the active involvement of young people in determining the process, carrying out the research and producing a final Youth Housing Charter. The Charter has been informed by young people from across the region through our other Regional Champions and Barnardos Participation Team.
The Charter expresses the housing experiences, needs and aspirations of homeless young people and inform YHNE Regional Youth Housing Strategy. The Youth Housing Charter has been adopted by Durham Local Authority Housing Solutions Team, we are now working to ensure the Charter is adopted by all North East local authorities and wider service providers.
We also worked with young people in 2013 to produce a ‘young person friendly’ version of the Charter for distribution by youth homeless services across the region.
The Youth Housing Charter is available to download here