If you leave home without a plan and no accommodation to go to, or you’re unlucky and get thrown out of your home and have to sleep on a friend’s sofa or go into emergency accommodation, you are homeless.
If you are 17 or younger and have run away or felt forced to leave home you can ask for help from the runaway helpline. Call them on freefone 0808 800 70 70 - talk to them at their website. email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 80234. Runaway is a national, free, confidential service, provided by the charity Missing People, for anyone who has run away from home because of an argument, bullying, abuse or because they are unhappy.
Being homeless, whatever age you are can be a very scary, lonely and difficult time and it’s vital to get some help to make sure you have somewhere safe to live. Make use of all the help and advice out there. Why not:
- speak to one of our Personal Advisers from the Prospects IAG Service in Walsall
- talk to Childline on free phone 0800 1111 - confidential telephone service includes help with problems such as homelessness or running away. Or contact them on the web
- talk to Shelterline - 0808 800 4444 a free 24 telephone helpline for people with any sort of housing related problems.