THE YOUTH HOMELESS PROBLEM IN AUSTRALIA
Most young people who become homeless have been forced to leave their home due to family breakdown, violence, or when their family is forced into homelessness following a crisis.
There are a number of other well-established risk factors that cause young people to become homeless such as mental health issues, substance misuse (by themselves or their parents) and family violence, most of which contribute to family breakdown.
We also know that young people leaving juvenile detention centres and out of home care face a high risk of becoming homeless. A Melbourne study found 40% of young people who transition from youth homelessness to adult homelessness had been in out of home care.
Stopping young people from becoming homeless is sometimes referred to as prevention and/or early intervention. If we don’t do these things well by providing support when it’s first needed, at-risk young people can end up becoming homeless.How can we end youth homelessness?
Getting the right asisstance as soon as they need it.
Support to gaining education and training for employment.
Information on how to access help.
Support to stay connected with their communities and support networks.
We can help raise community awareness and make homelessness everybody’s business. If the community cares about youth homelessness enough to make it a priority, there will be pressure on governments to fix the problem.
Much of the time, money is more useful for homelessness services than goods. While food and clothing are valued donations, money allows services to be flexible and respond to client’s needs in specific ways when needed.
While some agencies are the recipients of government funding, it is never enough, and in the face of the current epidemic of homelessness in Australia, many organisations are in dire need of extra funds to deliver the help people need.
I would like to raise funds to donate to various agencies on the Gold Coast to help and assist the homeless youth we have here..
THIS IS MY CAUSE.....