Homeless youngsters need help

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A HOMELESS charity that runs a hostel in Sunderland says almost two-thirds of adults in the North East want the Government to tackle the problem.

Figures from a poll commissioned by Centrepoint, who have a home in Dundas Street, show 61 per cent of people want to see the Coalition do more for youth homelessness.

The charity say young people end up becoming trapped in hostels and because they are unable to move out, prevent other vulnerable young people from receiving help.

Seyi Obakin, chief executive of Centrepoint, said: “80,000 young people face youth homelessness in this country every year. It’s an issue that demands greater Government action, and clearly the public agree.

“Young people we’ve helped are now ready to work and live independently, but they’re left with nowhere to go. Letting this situation continue would be wholly irresponsible. It’s not only bad for young people but bad for the economy.”