Local Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, will be taking part in ‘The Real High Street Sleep Out’ this Saturday night (25th January 2014) in Redcar.
The sleep out has been organised to coincide with Homelessness Sunday, a national event, in order to increase awareness of youth homelessness in Teesside and to raise funds for Coatham House Projects who provide supported accommodation to homeless young people 16-25 years across Redcar and Cleveland.
“The Real High Street Sleep Out is a very worthy event and I hope it creates a better awareness of a very important issue. I’m more than eager to support in any way I can, so I will be joining volunteers to brave the cold this Saturday.
“It is estimated 80,000 young people experience homelessness every year nationally, but due to the fact that some young people who are without a secure home are ‘sofa surfing’, the full figures of youth homelessness may be higher than figures collected both locally and nationally.
“Fighting youth homelessness should be a priority but it is a scandal that it does not receive the attention it deserves. I hope this sleep out acts as a kick-start to get the issue on the political agenda and at the forefront of people’s minds.”