By Tom Hall
If the supposedly disaffected younger give you the sub-text to such a lot of of our social anxieties, then the younger homeless loom better the following than such a lot: our so much vibrant reminder of social exclusion, and exemplars too of what the tabloid press prefer to describe because the feckless, wilful negative. This booklet explores what lifestyles is absolutely like for Britain’s younger homeless: estranged from their households, out of labor and making do at the fringes of social safety. the result's a vibrant portrait of a urgent social challenge. according to prolonged fieldwork learn – the writer spent 365 days within the corporation of teens relocating among hostel lodging, rented bed-sit tenancies and episodes of rooflessness – greater occasions Than this can be Britain’s first complete ethnographic learn of teenage homelessness.
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He has been a regular visitor to the hostel for several weeks, stopping by in the evenings to call in on Pete and Roger, whom he first met hanging around the games arcade in the town centre. In the course of these evening visits the staff team have got to know Robby quite well and have taken an interest in his situation; Poppy has been working with the ABC project to try and find him a place of his own. Her efforts are overtaken by events, however, when Robby arrives at the hostel one morning with the news that his temporary living arrangements have miscarried, leaving him homeless.
Ann and Kevin suspect that this will not be the last they see of Ryan. And there would be nothing new in that. Not all those who leave the hostel are gone for good or, for that matter, for long. When Kevin gives his usual pep talk to departing residents, helping them load their bags into the boot of his car, he tells them the hostel has done its part and that now it’s up to them: Kevin: Let’s see how you do out there. We’ll see how you do on your own ... we’re going to challenge you and see what happens.
Right now I only see him for a few hours each week, and then everything’s manic and people want their tea and what have you. ’ Poppy is anxious though. She wonders if this is the right thing to do, with the residents as they are just now. ‘That attitude, the attitude I’ve sensed is that they almost feel that they’re doing us a favour. ’ Brian has reservations too. He wants to know what the staff plan to do with the residents all day. ‘If they’re sat in the lounge doing nothing, watching TV, then that’s not enough’, he tells Poppy.