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Bexley homeowners urged to help young homeless

PUBLISHED: 09:22 13 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:22 13 May 2013

Sky Aimez-moi, who has helped developed the supported lodgings scheme. Pic by Harriet Armstrong

Sky Aimez-moi, who has helped developed the supported lodgings scheme. Pic by Harriet Armstrong

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Bexley residents are being urged to open their homes to provide a room for homeless young people.

Figures from the Department of Communities and Local Government revealed more than 100 16 to 24 year olds in Bexley were accepted as homeless in 2011 and 2012 and charity Centrepoint has launched a supported lodgings scheme.

Sky Aimez-moi, 17, currently stays at a Centrepoint hostel and has helped design the scheme. He said: “Young people need options, it helps empower them. If I’d had the choice of staying in supported lodgings I’d have probably gone for it. Living in a home was something I was used to.

“Each young person needs different support. Being around just a few people could help a young person focus so living with hosts might be the best environment to help them grow.”

For more details visit centrepoint.org.uk/supportedlodging.

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