Young people are the most mobile sector of the population. Julie Rugg of York University argues that, because of this, it is more important to know where young people have lived and where they may move to next than it is to know the tenure in which they live at any given moment. Understanding the nature of this 'pathway' is essential to forming better policy to support people making their first housing decisions.
This Viewpoint reflects on current policy about young people and housing and considers the need to revise policies so they reflect the risks and obstacles specific to young people in the housing market. It offers an independent assessment of policy failures and proposes new policy agendas.