Urgent help needed for homeless young people

5 July 2017

My name is Debbie and I work in one of Porchlight’s young persons’ hostels. Every day I meet homeless teenagers and young adults like Kaya whose lives have fallen apart and who are in desperate need of our help.

Shockingly, more and more young people are becoming homeless in Kent. Some are escaping violence and abuse. Others have lost the roof over their heads as rents have risen, or they’ve become unemployed. And for others family life has broken down so much that their only option is to leave home.

For these young people – some barely out of childhood – life on the streets can be a terrifying ordeal. The threat of attacks and theft are constant, and we know that the longer a young person sleeps rough, the more likely they are to develop serious health problems.

It’s so vital that we can get help to them quickly, and give them the confidence and support they need to leave the streets behind. 

What we're doing

Last year we helped over 250 young people come in from the cold. But, with homelessness among young people on the rise in Kent, our work is far from over. 

To give homeless young people the care and support they need and deserve is expensive. It costs £46 every day to help just one young person begin to believe in themselves again.

And as there’s no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to homelessness, it can often take more than a year before someone feels ready to move out of our accommodation and begin the next chapter in their life.

Please make a donation today and help us be there, day in day out, for everyone who needs us this summer.