Our Place to Call Home pilot identified 11 young people at risk of homelessness and over the course of one year managed to secure appropriate homes for all. Thanks to the pilot’s intervention, eight were able to stay in the family home. For the remaining three, this was not the appropriate option and stable, secure alternative homes were arranged.
Sage Foundation’s global head Debbie Wall explains, “Had the 11 young people identified ended up on the streets, the cost to the state would have been £110,000 a year and this figure would have risen every year. Our intervention cost a small fraction of this.
"We worked with local charity Family Gateway to adapt its Barefoot Professional model, funding direct action with the young people at risk and their families, through counselling and practical support. Family Gateway’s model proved the right one, as it trains local parents, who have experienced similar issues, to support struggling families.”