Asessment and eligibility of 16-24 year olds presenting as homeless in 2016-17


“We would like to know about any children/young people aged 16-24 who approached the council during the financial year 2016-2017, because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness.
This will include 16 and 17 year olds, and older young people either leaving care, with high support needs, or with a relevant history of looking after children. Two queries relating to these young people are listed below:-

Our Freedom of Information request:
We kindly request the information in queries 1 and 2 below for:

–  Each quarter of the financial year 2016-2017
– 1st April – 30th June 2016
– 1st July – 30th September 2016
– 1st October – 31st December 2016
– 1st January – 31st March 2017

–  Young people aged 16-24

Query 1: Homelessness presentations, assessments and eligibility in 2016-17

Within your local authority, what were the number of 16-24 year olds who:
1) Presented themselves as homeless, or at risk of homelessness?
2) Were assessed (including as part of a joint assessment with a relevant housing authority)?

Of those that were assessed (2)), what were the number of 16-24 year olds:
3) Whose case was closed after assessment without progressing to a care plan (for example those coded as RC8)?
4) Whose case progressed to a care plan after assessment?

Of those 16-24 year olds who’s case progressed to a care plan after assessment (4)):
5) How many were accommodated?
6) How many were offered support to maintain current accommodation?
7) How many were supported to access accommodation, for example through financial support packages?

Of those 16-24 year olds who were not accommodated:
8) How many received any support that might amount to ‘preventing or relieving’ their homelessness?

Query 2: Reason left last settled base

Within your local authority, what was the number of 16-24 year olds who were accommodated, who had one of the following main reasons for leaving their last settled base in 2016-17?
We appreciate that these are housing department variables. Please answer where possible, and where similar data is available from children and youth services, please do include where possible.

1) Parents no longer willing or able to accommodate
2) Other relatives or friends no longer willing or able to accommodate
3) Non-violent breakdown of relationship with partner
4) Violence
a. Violent breakdown of relationship, involving partner
b. Violent breakdown of relationship, involving associated persons
c. Racially motivated violence
d. Other forms of violence
5) Harassment, threats or intimidation
a. Racially motivated harassment
b. Other forms of harassment
6) Mortgage arrears (repossession or other loss of home)
7) Rent arrears on:
a. Local authority or other public sector dwellings
b. Registered Provider dwellings
c. Private sector dwellings
8) Loss of rented or tied accommodation due to:
a. Termination of assured shorthold tenancy
b. Reasons other than termination of assured shorthold tenancy
9) Required to leave accommodation provided by Home Office as asylum support
10) Left an institution or LA care:
a. Left prison/on remand
b. Left hospital
c. Left other institution or LA care
11) Other reason for loss of last settled home
a. Left HM-Forces
b. Other reason (e.g. homeless in emergency, sleeping rough or in hostel, returned from abroad)
12) Total applicant households”

Please note that Devon County Council is not a housing authority and is therefore not responsible for making decisions regarding housing provision or for assessing homelessness criteria.  Therefore the information you have requested is not held.

In the interest of providing you with advice and assistance please note that responsibility for housing rests with each of the District and Unitary Councils in Devon.  You are therefore advised to direct this request to each of these public authorities separately.  Contact details for these Councils are available here.


If you wish to speak with someone regarding the above request, please contact the Information Governance Team on 01392 384678 or email

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