Hertfordshire County Council has awarded Herts Young Homeless with new contracts for the Hub and Outreach Housing Support services worth £688,750, effective from 1st August 2022. Herts Young Homeless will deliver effective provision of a prevention of homelessness service for young people aged 16-25 years old, through advice, assessment, information and mediation as well as an Outreach Housing Support Service, supporting some of our most vulnerable young people with the transition to adulthood. Both contracts will run for five years until 2027.
Chief Executive, Jonny Whitehead said, ‘We are delighted that Herts Young Homeless has been entrusted by Hertfordshire County Council to run these free vital services. This is a vote of confidence in Herts Young Homeless and the work that we deliver every day at the heart of our charity. We look forward to continuing to work closely with our partners in Children’s Services, local housing authorities and other charity partners to prevent youth homelessness and to deliver the best outcomes for young people and their families’.
Director of Services, Sally Scott said ‘Due to economic difficulties and changes in society, our workers are seeing an increase in the complexity of cases and this new contract will allow us to strengthen the wrap around support we offer to families. Our young people need and deserve a comprehensive and holistic package of support to help them during these difficult times. Our staff team will continue to offer positive informed choices to our young people and find new ways to engage our families and address family conflict and breakdown, the major cause of youth homelessness’.
Cllr Fiona Thomson, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Herts Young Homeless have a great record of working with vulnerable young people to prevent homelessness, providing accommodation, and helping to repair family relationships. We’re confident that these new contracts will do much to support vulnerable young people in Hertfordshire and help them get the best possible start in life and fulfil their potential as they move into adulthood. We look forward to working with them.”
23 people are employed by the charity to deliver these services and the contracts also support social work students on work placements through the University of Hertfordshire and work closely with our corporate partners to ensure we can provide various platforms for young people to gain life and work experience, including apprenticeship opportunities.
Over the duration of the contract term, Herts Young Homeless expect to provide support to nearly 3000 young people and their families.