ERIC Number: ED460177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Make or Break: How Homeless Young People Struggle To Fulfil Their Potential.
Foyer Foundation, London (England).
Homelessness in the United Kingdom has very wide ramifications. Young homeless people face a difficult transition into adult life as poverty, low self-esteem, lack of family support, and lack of qualifications reinforce each others' effects. Homeless young people start behind their peers in educational achievement. Government policies put up barriers that prevent them from achieving full economic independence and contributing to society. This manifesto puts forward proposals to remove those barriers, focusing on four problem areas: barriers to full-time studying caused by the change in status at age 19; difficulty accessing higher education without access to accommodations during school vacations; the effect of Housing Benefit regulations on discouraging homeless young people from seeking employment; and lack of support in finding accommodations and work after leaving prison. It concludes that homeless young people need extra help from the government in order to overcome their disadvantages as they try to become participants in the labor market. Instead, they face barriers not shared by their peers who still live at home. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Higher Education, Homeless People, Housing Needs, Job Skills, Job Training, Poverty
The Foyer Federation, Humatt House, 146-148 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1 R5DG. Tel: 020-7833-8616; Fax: 020-7833-8717. For full text: http://www.foyer.net/Publications/makeorbreak.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foyer Foundation, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom