chapter  3
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Young single people and access to social housing

ByIsobel Anderson

In order to complete the transition from youth to adulthood, albeit an extended or fractured transition, young people require access to a secure, affordable, long-term home. Since the late 1980s, young people aged 16-24 have been over-represented among single homeless people (Anderson et al. 1993) and much subsequent research and analysis on youth housing issues has focused on homelessness (Hutson and Liddiard 1994); special initiatives such as foyers (Quilgars and Anderson 1997; Anderson and Douglas 1998); private sector access schemes (Rugg 1996, 1997); and ‘Rough Sleepers’ initiatives (Randall and Brown 1993, 1995, 1996). Much less attention has been paid to young people’s opportunities to secure more permanent housing in the social rented sector.