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In just 5 years the number of people experiencing homelessness in Australia has risen by more than 14,000 (or nearly 14%), according to the Census 2016 data recently released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Amongst the most concerning trends revealed in the data are:
We’re committed to preventing and responding to homelessness in our community, with programs such as Youth CONNECT and Supported People in Share Housing (SPiN) helping young people to avoid homelessness.
A range of studies and surveys suggest that young people leaving statutory care might expect to experience some of the following devastating life outcomes:
To expect these young people to have the instantaneous capacity to live successfully when they leave care is unrealistic, yet there has been almost no investment or focus on helping them through this transition. Yet with early intervention can turn the course of their lives. Our Youth CONNECT program provides this intervention and provides the support these vulnerable young people need to build their capacity and create a stronger future for themselves.
Churches of Christ Housing Services and Ipswich Independent Youth Services pilot program SPiN provides a safe and stable home with the support of experienced case managers to help young people overcome barriers to independence, and out of homelessness.
You can read about these programs in the magazine.
Visit the Council of Homeless Persons website, where you can subscribe to the monthly Parity Magazine.