The campaign aims to raise awareness about the issues facing young people leaving care at 17 years. These issues include:
17 year olds cannot legally sing a tenancy agreement.
Young people leaving care do not have a rental history and are often not seen as desirable tenants in a highly competitive rental market.
For many young people leaving care, the costs of bonds and rent in advance are outside what they can afford. The support available from Work and Income often does not cover the full cost, and any assistance is recoverable.This can push young people into debt just to secure a roof over their heads.
Care leavers are know to suffer disproportionately poor outcomes (homelessness, over representation in the justice system, high risk of long term dependency.
The campaign aims to present a 10,000 or more signed petition to the Social Services Select Committee. For more information about the campaign go here