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New service launched to prevent youth homelessness and reconnect families in MK

Wednesday 20 January 2021

A new service to prevent youth homelessness and reconnect families is to be launched in Milton Keynes.

Created by national youth homelessness charity Depaul UK, the initiative will aim to support over 100 young people and families at crisis points (to be increased to 140 in 2022), with the intention of preventing said young people from becoming homeless.

They'll achieve this goal through individual and joint sessions "to explore issues from each party's point of view". When reconciling with family is not in the best interest of the young person, suppourt networks will be built. 

In a statement released today, the CEO of Depaul UK said: “We are delighted to be launching this essential service in Milton Keynes. From our experience as a national charity working to end homelessness, we know that breakdown in relationships is the single biggest reason why young people become homeless. By dealing with the root cause, we can make sure that we relieve pressure on families so that they don’t have to reach breaking point.

He then added: “Reconnect will play a crucial part in preventing hundreds of young people from ever becoming homeless and we look forward to working closely with the council and a range partners in order to end homelessness in Milton Keynes for good.”

The project is also being launched in partnership with MK Council and the Milton Keynes Homelessness Partnership, in line with the council’s aims to end homelessness in MK by 2021.
Cabinet Member responsible for homelessness at MK Council Cllr Hannah O’Neill said: “We’re pleased to be launching this new service as part of our ongoing efforts to prevent young people in Milton Keynes from becoming homeless. We’re grateful for the collaborative efforts of local, regional and national partners on this.

“Young people in MK will now have access to specialist and targeted support, with a key focus on early intervention. Ending rough sleeping in MK is one of our biggest priorities and we want people to know that there is support available and nobody in MK needs to be on the streets.”