Youth homelessness - Services available through Positive Housing Pathway

We have three Youth Homeless and Housing Officers, each covering two districts.  The Youth Homeless and Housing Officers will:

  • be the first point of contact for all referrals into the Positive Housing Pathway
  • offer advice and information to young people and their parents/carers
  • work alongside Social Workers/Pathways Advisers on an advice and guidance basis where a young person who is open to them is experiencing homelessness
  • work with young people who are threatened with homelessness to explore their options and find an outcome that works for them
  • provide additional support to young people living independently where needed.

Youth Homeless and Housing Officers

Emergency temporary accommodation for young people in Cumbria is part of the Positive Housing Pathway and is provided by Nightstop.  Nighstop is a service providing free, safe and secure emergency accommodation for homeless young people aged 16plus.  

Nightstop places young people who have nowhere to stay in trained volunteers' spare rooms.  Young people received a private room, a warm meal and somewhere safe to stay for the night, whilst we assess their needs and explore a more permanent solution.  

Nightstop contacts

Supported accommodation is commissioned for young people aged 16 to 24 years, who are homeless or threatened with homelessness, however priority will be given to:

  • Young people for whom the Council has a statutory duty (16 to 17 year olds at risk of homelessness)
  • Young people for whom the Council has a statutory duty (formerly looked after children);
  • Young people aged under 18 leaving custody.

Through the Gateway Group, young people will be allocated to services based on a discussion of their individual needs and the availability of a service to meet that need.

From 1 April 2020, we have the following supported accommodation units:

Carlisle  -  13

Eden  -  5

S Lakes  - 10

West  -  15

Barrow  -  14

From 1 April, we have a flexible support offer, in addition to the specialist support offered by the Youth Homelessness and Housing Officers.  These posts will operate alongside the Youth Homelessness and Housing Officers and will offer tenure neutral flexible support to young people.  This will mean that for older young people (18plus), who may not wish to live in supported accommodation, we will work with our district partners to look at alternative housing solutions, including the private rented sector, and will attach support to the young person to give them the best chance of succeeding in their chosen tenancy.  Flexible support will be allocated via discussions at the Gateway Group and could even be used to offer additional support to a young person in supported accommodation, based on their unmet needs.