You have given Carly hope for her future
A year ago, at the age of 17, Carly was homeless, scared and fearing for her future.
She had suffered years of physical and emotional abuse from her mother, until eventually she was cast out. She went to her Local Authority in desperation, but they told her to return home. At 17, Carly spent her first night on the streets.
Did you know? 16 and 17 year olds fleeing violent homes are entitled, by law, to safe housing.
When Carly found Coram at a London youth homeless centre, she was vulnerable, exhausted and had lost all hope. She had no idea of her rights or how to access them. Thankfully, our Homeless Outreach team knew exactly how to help her.
Thanks to the kindness of you and others like you, Carly is now safe.
With your support, our specialist advocate told Carly about her right to safe housing. We issued a safeguarding alert to ensure Children’s Services knew she was homeless and at risk. We organised a solicitor to take up her case when her Local Authority refused to provide accommodation. We did not rest until Carly had a safe home.
Each year, thousands of teenagers find themselves homeless through no fault of their own. They are 4 times more likely than other young people to suffer mental health problems and, distressingly, 3 ½ times more likely to commit suicide.
Coram is here to help them rebuild their lives, and now you are too. Thank you.
Images, names and some details of the young people mentioned have been changed to protect their identities. Images are posed by models.