The housing crisis affects us all, and young people are bearing the brunt of it. Young people should be facing decisions about study, travel, work, pals, family, and not about where they are going to sleep at night.
Read Jasmine’s story about her experience been taken into State Care when she was just 11 years old. ‘I’ve had so many moves in my life,’ she says. ‘All I’ve ever wanted is a bit of stability.’
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The findings presented in this research are drawn from Phase 1 of a qualitative longitudinal study designed to track the experiences of homeless and ‘out of home’ young people over time. While the research privileges young people’s accounts, it makes an innovative departure from existing research on homeless youth in Ireland by including the perspectives of family members. This study was led by Dr Paula Mayock, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin.
This publication presents key findings from a qualitative longitudinal study of youth homelessness in Ireland. It aimed to ‘track’ the flow of events and experiences that impact young people’s homeless and housing trajectories over time. It was funded across five homelessness organisations – Focus Ireland, Simon Communities, Threshold, Peter McVerry Trust and SVP – and marks a critical contribution to our understanding of youth homelessness in Ireland today.
Focus Ireland is a leading member of the Irish Coalition to End Youth Homelessness. The Coalition brings together organisations working to tackle homelessness and those supporting young people. We have developed key policy proposals which we believe Government should introduce in order to end youth homelessness.