Housing for people aged 16-34
Leaving home can give you more freedom, independence and space, but it is not guaranteed to be a positive experience. It is not always easy to find a suitable place and living on your own can be expensive. Preparing properly makes the process easier and can help to avoid being homeless.
The options for 16 and 17 year olds are very limited. Legally you are not able to hold a tenancy until you are 18. Therefore you are not able to access the private rented sector. You are able to join the waiting list with registered Social Landlords however waiting lists are extremely long and you will be required to have a guarantor.
The options for 18 to 35 year olds are slightly better as you are legally able to hold a tenancy. High market rents however often out price this age group and Landlords tend to want older tenants. You too can register for Social Housing but again the waiting lists are extremely long.
If you are between 16 and 35 and in receipt of benefit or on a low income you may be able to claim local housing allowance to assist with the cost of your accommodation. The amount you can claim is usually restricted to that of a shared room rate.
Foyers are supported accommodation for young people aged between 16 and 25 with a housing need.
Foyers are integrated learning and accommodation centres providing safe and secure housing, support and training. In exchange for services tailored to their needs, young people entering a Foyer are expected to actively engage in their own development and make a positive contribution to their local community. The nature of this exchange depends very much on the individual, where they have come from, the barriers they are facing and their aspirations for the future. It often means picking up the threads of education, developing skills for independence and encouraging greater resilience to overcome barriers. It can also mean rebuilding family relationships, overcoming mental health issues or developing stronger self-confidence and self-belief. In placing young people at the heart of a flexible ‘deal’, which in the case of Foyers is expressed through a formal contract, it affords them the tools they need to take responsibility for their future and helps them to secure lasting personal and social change.
Please see the useful links for the related housing options and advice we have in and around Lichfield.
Who is typically eligible?
Single people aged between 16 and 35.