New Norwich homeless strategy is revealed 

Norwich City Council has unveiled a new strategy to help homeless people in the city as YMCA Norfolk revealed is has had to turn away hundreds of young people seeking help.

The new five-year plan was adopted by Norwich City Council last night and will see the authority work more closely with partner organisations to help people find affordable housing and prevent them from becoming homeless.

The move comes as new figures from YMCA Norfolk show the charity has only been able to help just over half of the 603 young people who have required support so far this year.

Jason Beattie, YMCA Norfolk’s business development director, said: “We are actively trying to grow our capacity because there is a demand for it. The risk is that if you don’t have the capacity there, people might have to stay in an unsuitable place.

“It is a problem all year round, but particularly this time of year.”

Mr Beattie stressed that the 285 people the charity was unable to provide accommodation for would have been directed to other local agencies. 

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