136,000 young people faced homelessness last year.

Over 100 charities have united over a petition calling for an end to youth homelessness.

JCDecaux Community Channel is proud to support one of the charities leading the charge, New Horizon Youth Centre, and its latest campaign ‘Plan for the 136K’, raising awareness of the spiralling youth homelessness crisis.

In a nation struggling with a housing crisis, young people’s experiences are often ignored. There simply isn’t enough suitable, affordable and youth-appropriate housing. Young people are the most likely to be in low paid, insecure roles, and have the lowest savings and financial support. And with no ready guarantor to secure rental housing if family relationships have broken down, young people can be left with no options, and at serious risk of exploitation. This picture is only exacerbated for young people of minoritised communities.

This winter is the worst we’ve ever faced. The severity of the situation requires a bolder and youth-specific response. Adopting a youth homelessness strategy, based on the evidence from the sector, would directly transform the lives and futures of young people in the UK. Phil Kerry CEO of New Horizon Youth Centre
We are proud to bring this important message to city centres, using the power of the public screen to reach people as they are out and about up and down the country. The JCDecaux Community Channel aims to amplify Out-of-Home’s role as force for good in the community. Chris Dooley Head of Social Impact at JCDecaux UK

The campaign is running across digital billboards nationwide for two weeks from January 15th. For more information and/or to sign the petition click here.

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