People are being asked to open their homes up to teenagers who are homeless or facing the prospect of sleeping on the streets.
The Crashpad scheme run by charity Herts Young Homeless , enlisted the help of host families to put up 16 and 17 year olds that have nowhere else to go.
But in Dacorum – the charity’s busiest area – there is only one host on the books and she was only recently recruited.
Crashpad officer Kylie Henderson said the team saw 36 cases across the whole of the county between July and September this year and said: “Dacorum made a massive majority of that. It was a high number.”
Often young people need help due to relationship breakdowns and sometimes a young person is taken out of the family home and put up with a host on temporary basis so that mediation between the teenager and parents can take place to try and resolve the problem.
The charity usually sees a lull in cases at this festive time of year, but for some reason there has been a unexpected peak.
Volunteer hosts are given training and around the clock support, along with £23.73 for every night that a teenager stays.
To find out more contact the Crashpad team on 01707 251 403 or email Crashpad@hyh.org.uk