For many young people, especially care leavers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, the transition to adulthood is a time of fear, insecurity, and increased vulnerability. This is magnified by a post-care accommodation environment that is stretched, with demand continuing to grow and variability in quality, with impersonal, semi-independent accommodation and insufficient professional support for young people. Too often, this accentuates rather than ameliorates risk. Shockingly, one in three care leavers becomes homeless within the first three years of leaving care and care experienced young people make up 25% of the homeless population.
Concrete Rose received a grant from the Outlook Fund to help them establish their ‘Room to spare’ supported lodgings initiative, which increases the number and quality of semi-independent accommodation placements available to young people. Concrete Rose recruits, trains and supports hosts to provide a bedroom, safe environment, tolerance, support and guidance to care leavers. Concrete Rose also provide intensive wrap-around support to both hosts and young people.