Up to the age of 21 the Leaving Care service will help you to find suitable accommodation. Some of the accommodation possibilities are outlined below:
- Foster care: if appropriate you will be able to remain with your foster carers or in some circumstances placed in foster care.
- Staying Put: this is when you and your foster carer both agree that you can remain living with them. This can, in some circumstances, continue until you are twenty-one years old.
- Semi-Independent accommodation: this is the provision of a room in a shared house, generally with key-worker support. This option focuses on preparing you for independence.
- YMCA: this option provides safe, secure and affordable accommodation. You'll have a key-working system and will help you with such issues as claiming benefits and finding training or employment.
- Host Carers: you'll have a room in the host's home with a considerable degree of independence.
- Independent Living: this where you'll be living in privately rented accommodation. However you must be in a position agree the terms of the tenancy and pay the rent. In some cases you may be eligible for a council tenancy through the Locata system.
If you are a Harrow Care leaver aged 18–20 you will be treated as a higher-need category under homelessness legislation.
For more details please contact us using the details below.
UASC Leaving Care Team
Citizens Advice Bureau
Advice and support including welfare benefits adviceAddress: Civic 9
Centrepoint provides housing and support for young people in London and across the country