'Hosts' wanted to help Worcestershire's young homeless

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A Hereford-based project to help young homeless people has been launched in Worcestershire.

Supported Housing For Young People (SHYPP) asks people to offer their spare rooms to "host" young homeless people.

It aims to help those aged 16 to 21-years-old who are homeless or at the risk of being made homeless.

Anna Hill, from SHYPP, said: "They all need a warm and secure place to stay with some support."

Hosts, who are paid weekly, will undergo a CRB check and receive training and support from SHYPP.

Ms Hill said: "We get referrals for young people who are homeless because of a breakdown in family relationships, or who are leaving care.

"We even receive some young unaccompanied asylum seekers fleeing war or persecution."

About 1,400 families or individuals in the West Midlands are classified as homeless, according to the charity Shelter.

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