Making it work

The keys to success for young people living independently

Jamie Harding

Making it work

Jamie Harding

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

144 pages
Paper $36.95 ISBN: 9781861345325 Published June 2004 For sale in North and South America only
Recent government legislation requires local authorities to provide secure accommodation for unintentionally homeless 16- and 17-year-olds. Many local authority housing departments are therefore facing the challenge of how to adequately support this group of young people for the first time.Making it work outlines the debates and developments leading up to the recent policy changes; reports on the first research into the factors affecting the success of young people's tenancies; examines the varied experiences of young people housed by local authorities; provides a framework for objectively evaluating the success of such tenancies and highlights good practice for supporting young people in independent housing. Making it work is essential reading for professionals in local authority housing departments and nominated RSLs, as well as for students on professional housing courses and academics interested in housing policies, responses to homelessness and issues for young people.
Contents

Young people in independent tenancies: an issue that must be faced
Central government policy: from 'perverse incentives' to social exclusion
Young people's experience of independent tenancies
The local authority dilemma and the impact of services
Policy implications for central and local government
Young people in independent tenancies: what is the problem?

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