The main cause of homelessness in young people is family breakdown. Factors including age, sexism, racism, homophobia, violence, abuse, and experiences of institutional care may put young people at a higher risk of homelessness.
Recent research has shown that Covid-19 has increased the risk of homelessness for young people. Centrepoint has reported that their usual number of enquiries from young people sleeping rough has doubled. Familial breakdowns are on the rise due to lockdowns exacerbating tensions in the family home and lack of the community safeguards (like education or youth services) that normally help to identify young people at risk of homelessness. Their ability to access the welfare safety net has also worsened. Already three times more likely to be in insecure employment than adults, research has shown that a third of 18 to 24-year-olds have lost their jobs or been furloughed (compared to 1 in 6 adults).