Youth Homelessness

Being homeless means having no fixed place to stay or no place to feel safe and secure.

Anyone can become homeless due to circumstances that may have been out of their control.

Together for Children (TfC), working on behalf of Sunderland City Council offer support to children and young people.

The team responsible for assessing the needs of young people identified as homeless is the Next Steps (Leaving Care) Team.

What support is available?
If you are faced with homelessness you may contact the:

  • Integrated Contact and Referral Team (ICRT) Advice Line on 0191 561 7007. Support is open to all 16 and 17 year olds who are homeless or threatened with homelessness and ICRT provide information and support to find the best housing solution which may include staying in your current home, as well as emergency accommodation where appropriate. Office hours are 8.30am – 5.15pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am – 4.45pm on Fridays.
  • Sunderland City Council Housing Options Team on 0191 520 5551. The Housing Options Team can provide information and advice for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Office at 31-32 Fawcett Street, Sunderland SR1 1RE

Next Steps (Leaving Care)

ICRT will refer you to Next Steps (Leaving Care) for ongoing support and assessment. If you are able to stay where you are for a little while, then this may provide time for workers to look at how you can be supported in the longer term. It might be that some sort of mediation is needed; for instance if you have fallen out with family members.



A guide for homeless 16 and 17 year olds

A guide for homeless 16 and 17 year olds

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